World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 90 Days

Chinese construction company has announced ambitious plans to construct the world’s tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: via Gizmag)

China is well known for its mind-bogglingly fast-paced construction, but its latest claim is truly one for the record books.

Sky City, an 838-meter (2,750-ft) building to be built by Chinese construction company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), of  Broad Group, will not just be the tallest skyscraper on the planet, won’t just be “earthquake-proof,” won’t just implement a sustainable design approach – it will go up in only 90 days.

Skeptical? BSB isn’t. They’ve used their building technique (which involves pre-fabricating and assembling up to 95% of the materials in modular form before construction even begins) to assemble a 15-story building in 6 days and a 30-story hotel in 360 hours, CNN reports. As for safety concerns, BSB has built a 30-story prototype that withstood a simulated magnitude 9 earthquake — whether the 220-story Sky City will be as secure remains to be seen, but BSB certainly seems confident.

More fast facts and images, after the break…

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Higher Atlas / Barkow Leibinger Architects

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Architects: Barkow Leibinger Architects - Gustav Düsing
Location: Marrakech
Year: 2012
Photographs: Johannes Foerster


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© Luke Hayes

‘From Landscape to Portrait’ Installation at Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition / Chris Wilkinson

The 244th annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which is held until August 12, features a site specific architectural installation designed by architect and artist Chris Wilkinson…, Director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Positioned in the center

Kaufmann Program Center / Renaissance 3 Architects

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Architects: Renaissance 3 Architects
Location: Pittsburgh, , USA
Client: Hill House Association
General Contractor: Massaro Corporation
Project Area: 20,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ed Massery

Experimentarium Science Center / CEBRA

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Architect: CEBRA
Location: Tuborg Havnevej 7, Hellerup, DK
Client: Experimentarium
Area: Approximately 30.000 m2 modernization and extension
Program: Center for Natural Science and Technology
Competition Year: 2011
Completion Year: 2015

After placing first in the design competition to transform an old mineral water bottling plant into a Science Center, CEBRA will move forward with the adapted proposal upon receipt of a substantial donation from the The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.     The  original building will be restored to serve as an interactive national center for science, technology and culture and house the Experimentarium’s diverse exhibition and education activities for the neighboring communities.  CEBRA’s solution of layering a new expression on the historic entity brings science to the forefront while acknowledging contextual cues that create links back to its surroundings.

More about the project after the break.

BRUN / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates – Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Koenji Minami Suginami, ,
Completion: December 2011
Site Area: 37.70 sqm
Total Floor Area: 93.44 sqm
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa


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© Cheng Zhou

Zero Mile House / Yianna Bouyioukou

Located on an urban corner lot in the city of Vancouver, the Zero Mile House establishes a relationship between the size of the lot and the size of the construction it supports. Designed by Yianna Bouyioukou…, the architectural strategy

iQuarter / Cartwright Pickard Architects

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Architects: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Location: Sheffield,
Year: 2009
Area: 94,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Cartwright Pickard Architects


Riethüsli Primary School / MPP Architekten

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Located on top of a plateau, which is abruptly ended by a sloped edge, the strong topographical element of the Riethüsli Primary School leads to a severe breaking point between the site and its surrounding context. Designed by MPP Architekten, the aim of the concept is to let the school act as an urban communicator. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Office Solvas / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten
Location: , Belgium
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Roymans

Eco Modern Flats / Modus Studio

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Architects: Modus Studio
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas,
Completion: 2011
Thermal Area: 62,400 SF
Building: $3,810,900 | $61 per SF
Architectural Team: Chris M. Baribeau, AIA [principal architect], Austin Chatelain, Assoc. AIA [project manager], Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA, Jason Wright, Assoc. AIA, Chris M. Lankford, David McElyea, Assoc. AIA.
Structural Engineer: MyersBeatty Engineers
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Adaptive Creative 


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Courtesy of Onat Öktem

Ödemis New City Center Proposal / Onat Öktem + Okan Can

The main objective of the project for the Ödemis New City Center by Onat Öktem… is to integrate urban functions to ensure the continuity of the pedestrian and green axis while creating a new structure. In this context, defined and undefined

NOMA Lab / GXN (Innovation Unit of 3XN)

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Architects: GXN (Innovation Unit of 3XN)
Location: Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen,
Project team: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, André van Leth, Lila Held, Morten Norman Lund, Lars-Erik Eriksson, Pedram Seddighzadeh, Matthew Scarlett, Bjørk Christensen, Kyle Baumgardner, Elliot Mistur, Tore Banke, Simon McKenzie and Jacob Hilmer
Project Area: 200 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Restaurant NOMA
Photographs: Adam Mørk

10 Logements Paris / RMDM Architectes

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Architects: RMDM Architectes 
Location: 5,9 Impasse Dupuy, Paris,
Project Team: Alexandre de Muizon, Philippe Maillols, Eric Dolent
Project Area: 780 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RMDM Architectes

Top Firms Shortlisted for European Research Centre

An artist’s interpretation of the vision for the whole ESS, MAXIV, Science Village area around 2020 © ESS

Five international consortia of architecture and landscape firms have been shortlisted in a competition to design the future research centre of the European Spallation Source (ESS)- a Partnership of 17 European Nations committed to the goal of collectively building and operating the world’s leading facility for research using neutrons by the second quarter of the 21st Century. The 21st century, large-scale science centre will focus on , creating an attractive working environment and integrating well into its surroundings. It will be built in southern and is planned to open in 2019.

Continue after the break to view the complete shortlist.

AD Round Up: Kindergarten Part VIII

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It’s time for our 8th round up of previously featured Kindegartens. It’s possible you missed Fagerborg Kindergarden by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, which is a contemporary building contrastingly placed in the middle of a 1950′s residential neighborhood. This round up also features Murgles Playhouse, a lovely interior design project for child development and a Kindergarten in Raïmat by BmesR29 Arquitectes. Check out Kindergarten 8Units, an interesting project where circles inspire growing minds. Finally, you must see Daycare Center La Mercè, a building that blurs the line between inside and outside, while contributing to urban space.

Update: Botín Center / Renzo Piano


A week ago we told you about the Botín Center, Renzo Piano’s first major project in . We also featured some preliminar models of the project and more information on this building, which will have the largest private foundation in invest over 150 million USD. We now have more official images, including some drawings and sketches. Check them out after the break.

Logements Rue Riquet / François Noël Architectes

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Architects: François Noël Architectes
Location: Rue Riquet, Paris,
Project Area: 4,925 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo