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Call for Entries: Design a Sky Garden System for the Chong Qing Skyline

07:30 - 13 May, 2016
Call for Entries: Design a Sky Garden System for the Chong Qing Skyline, Courtesy of E-Lab Internet Technology Ltd.
Courtesy of E-Lab Internet Technology Ltd.

Competition Theme: Green – Eco - Future Building Systems and Lifestyle

The design intent is to create a system/network of eco-green elevated sky gardens within a soon to be realised super high-rise residential complex, with the aim of drastically improving the living environment and lifestyle of urban dwellers. This competition seeks young architects worldwide to provide innovative ideas to break the existing typology of the super high-rise and isolated lifestyles associated with high density urban living. 

Jean Nouvel Unveils Design for Hotel and Residential Tower in São Paulo

08:00 - 29 April, 2016
Jean Nouvel Unveils Design for Hotel and Residential Tower in São Paulo, View of the southwest façade. Image Courtesy of Grupo Allard
View of the southwest façade. Image Courtesy of Grupo Allard

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the design of his latest project: a 22-story tower located near Avenida Paulista in São Paulo. The skyscraper, dubbed Rosewood Tower, is part of Cidade Matarazzo, a 27,000-square-meter site containing historic buildings that once made up the Filomena Matarazzo maternity hospital. A heritage-listed site, the Allard Group is restoring the buildings and creating a cultural center, of which Nouvel’s new tower will be a central component.

Set to contain a hotel as well as residential units, Nouvel’s tower is designed to be a vertical continuation of the local landscape. Thus, the nearly 100-meter-tall tower develops at different levels, forming terraces and large gardens with small and medium-sized trees.

Exhibition: Garden City Mega City: WOHA Rethinks Cities for the Age of Global Warming

18:00 - 28 April, 2016
Exhibition: Garden City Mega City: WOHA Rethinks Cities for the Age of Global Warming, © Christian Erroi
© Christian Erroi

From commercial mixed-use to hospitality and social housing, Singapore- based WOHA reinterprets the skyscraper as a prototype for hyper-dense, green urban living. Their first major exhibition in the United States, GARDEN CITY MEGA CITY, opens March 23rd, 2016 at The Skyscraper Museum, and unveils twelve of their most recent vertical ecosystems.

Featuring architectural models, videos and renderings, the show contextualizes the firm’s towering endeavors as a stunning contribution to skyscraper design and a radical response to the Asian megacity. WOHA’s projects—in China, Bangkok, and Singapore, among others—address issues such as rampant population growth, preservation of tropical biodiversity, and the desire for

Explore the Chicago Skyline With This Interactive Graphic

08:00 - 26 January, 2016
Explore the Chicago Skyline With This Interactive Graphic, © Joseph Sohm / shutterstock.com
© Joseph Sohm / shutterstock.com

Chicago is one of the most architecturally rich cities in the world with the history of modernism embedded in its skyline. From the Willis Tower to the Aqua Tower, the skyscrapers of Chicago have led the development of tall buildings, the city becoming a breeding ground for innovations in structure and design. The Windy City has solidified itself among other metropolitan giants like New York and London as having one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.

This new infographic by Chicago Line Cruises offers a look at some of the most visible figures in Chicago’s skyline, with embedded information on each of the buildings. View the infographic after the break.

China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd Tallest Building in the World

08:00 - 8 January, 2016
China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd Tallest Building in the World, © Thomas Jaehndel via CTBUH
© Thomas Jaehndel via CTBUH

Gensler's recently completed Shanghai Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the world, and the tallest building in China, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  At 632 meters tall, it is the third building in the world to exceed 600 meters and be designated “megatall.”

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings

08:00 - 23 December, 2015

Humanity has become obsessed with breaking its limits, creating new records only to break them again and again. In fact, our cities’ skylines have always been defined by those in power during every period in history. At one point churches left their mark, followed by public institutions and in the last few decades, it's commercial skyscrapers that continue to stretch taller and taller. 

But when it comes to defining which buildings are the tallest it can get complicated. Do antennas and other gadgets on top of the building count as extra meters? What happens if the last floor is uninhabitable? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has developed their own system for classifying tall buildings, measuring from the “level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment.” Using this system more than 3,400 buildings have been categorized as over 150 meters tall. 

We take a look at world’s 25 tallest buildings, according to the CTBUH, after the break. 

CTBUH Names Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2015

16:00 - 13 November, 2015
CTBUH Names Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2015, Bosco Verticale, Milan / Boeri Studio. Image © Kirsten Bucher
Bosco Verticale, Milan / Boeri Studio. Image © Kirsten Bucher

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has selected Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale as the Best Tall Building Worldwide 2015 for “its extraordinary implementation of vegetation at such scale and height," according to a press release.  The tower was selected from a shortlist of four buildings, which included SOM’s One World Trade Center, Toyo Ito and RSP Architects’ CapitaGreen and Foster + Partners’ Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower.

Open Call: Film City Tower - Bollywood Reimagined

08:38 - 8 November, 2015
Open Call: Film City Tower - Bollywood Reimagined, Film City Tower, Courtesy: archasm
Film City Tower, Courtesy: archasm

Mumbai, or erstwhile Bombay is the largest metropolis of India and an answer to the likes of Shanghai, London or New York. It is the financial capital and trade epicentre of the country, a city of lifestyles and narratives. The 'Maximum City' of Bombay is renowned all over the globe for the enormity and surrealism of BOLLYWOOD, which is the nickname given to the Hindi language Film Industry located in the city. The industry has come a long way and bloomed since its inception, to a multi-billion dollar industry, only second in capacity to its American cousin, Hollywood.

MVRDV Designs 3-Tower Development for City of Amsterdam

13:05 - 8 October, 2015
MVRDV Designs 3-Tower Development for City of Amsterdam, © A2 Studio
© A2 Studio

The City of Amsterdam has selected MVRDV and OVG Real Estate to realize a new mixed use development in its Zuidas Business District - "P15 Ravel Plaza." Chosen through an international competition, the design calls for three asymmetrical towers grounded by office and retail, topped with housing and intertwined by an expansive public green space that wraps itself in and around the building. 

"This plan effectively increases the attractiveness of Zuidas," said Klaas de Boer, director of Zuidas, Amsterdam City Council.

eVolo Announces 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winners

09:00 - 31 March, 2015
eVolo Announces 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winners, First Place: “Essence Skyscraper” / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo). Image Courtesy of eVolo
First Place: “Essence Skyscraper” / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo). Image Courtesy of eVolo

From 480 submitted projects from around the world, three winners and 15 honorable mentions have emerged at the top of eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Recognizing innovative highrise designs of the future, the competition emphasizes the role of technology, material, spatial organization, and their combined contribution to the natural and built environments. This year’s winners showed exceptional promise in adaptive vertical communities, and explored their ideas through imaginative and resourceful means.

Check out the winners and honorable mentions, after the break.

Honorable Mention: “Tower of Refuge” / Qidan Chen. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: "Cloud Capture" / Taehan Kim, Seoung Ji Lee, Yujin Ha. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: “Reversal Strategy” / Luigi Bertazzoni, Paolo Giacomo Vasino. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: “Bio-Pyramid: Reversing Desertification” / David Sepulveda, Wagdy Moussa, Ishaan Kumar, Wesley Townsend, Colin Joyce, Arianna Armelli, Salvador Juarez. Image Courtesy of eVolo +24

AD Classics: Woolworth Building / Cass Gilbert

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
AD Classics: Woolworth Building / Cass Gilbert, View of Woolworth Building and surrounding buildings (ca. 1913), via Wikimedia Commons
View of Woolworth Building and surrounding buildings (ca. 1913), via Wikimedia Commons

The Woolworth Building, an innovative and elegant early skyscraper completed in 1913, endures today as an iconic form on the New York City skyline. A historicist exterior sheaths a modern steel tower, embodying both the era’s modern spirit of progress and its hesitation to fully break from the past. Cass Gilbert, selected as the architect, believed the designer should “weave into the pattern of our own civilization the beauty that is our inheritance.”[1]  An ornate monument to the growing economic dominance of New York City, the building was dubbed the “Cathedral of Commerce.”

Blue and yellow accents. Image © Aaron Sylvan Stairs in the rear of the lobby. Image © Aaron Sylvan Woolworth Building under construction, circa 1912. Image Courtesy of Flickr Commons Project Typical upper level plan. Image © Penn State Libraries Pictures Collection +35

The Case For Tall Wood Buildings

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
The Case For Tall Wood Buildings, Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture
Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture

Michael Green is calling for a drastic paradigm shift in the way we build. Forget steel, straw, concrete and shipping containers; use wood to erect urban skyscrapers. In a 240 page report - complete with diagrams, plans, renders and even typical wooden curtain wall details - Green outlines a new way of designing and constructing tall buildings using mass timber, all the while addressing common misconceptions of fire safety, structure, sustainability, cost and climate concerns. 

SHoP Architects' Super Tall Tower Approved, Sets Precedent for NYC

00:00 - 17 October, 2013
SHoP Architects' Super Tall Tower Approved, Sets Precedent for NYC, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

UPDATE: SHoP Architects' ultra-thin, 100-unit apartment tower has now won approval from the New York City Landmarks Commission. Once complete in 2016, the 1,350-foot structure will offer luxury apartments that peer down at the Empire State Building and rise just above the One World Trade Center’s roofline.

When Vishaan Chakrabarti, principal at ShoP Architects, spoke recently of building high-density cities, he meant it.

Renderings from the architecture firm show Manhattan's skyline will soon welcome its newest "super tall" building, a strikingly skinny residential tower rising 411 meters (1,350 feet) on a puny 13 meter (43 feet) wide site just two blocks south of Central Park.

© SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects +5

Invisible Skyscraper Unveiled for Seoul

00:00 - 24 September, 2013
Invisible Skyscraper Unveiled for Seoul, Infinity Tower / GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of fastcodesign.com
Infinity Tower / GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of fastcodesign.com

California-based GDS Architects' new proposal, dubbed Infinity Tower, is designed to disappear from its Korean skyline. How? Cameras will be mounted at six strategic points; thousands of LED screens on the facade will then broadcast the real-time photos captured and logged by the cameras. Though no estimated completion date has been announced, the developers have received construction permits to break ground. More about this incredible vanishing act and how it's done at Fast Co-Design

OMA Wins Skyscraper Competition in China

00:00 - 12 February, 2013
Essence Financial Building © OMA
Essence Financial Building © OMA

OMA has won the design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. Led by OMA Partners David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas, the design beat out four other entries by international and Chinese practices. 

The skyscraper will be OMA’s second in Shenzhen (the first being the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, which will be completed in April this year). By challenging many typical office tower conventions (such as a central core plan and curtain wall systems), OMA hopes their buildings will help lead the way for a “new generation” of office towers in the city.  

As David Gianotten commented in the Press Release: "OMA is very excited about its continuous and deepening participation in Shenzhen's development, especially as the city makes its latest evolution: from a manufacturing city into a services hub. This next generation of urbanism calls for a new generation of office towers of which the Essence Financial Building could be one."  

More on the Essence Financial Building, after the break... 

Steven Holl Architects' complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

01:00 - 16 January, 2013
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects’ have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of Chengdu, China. Located at the intersection of the first Ring Road and Ren Ming Nam Road, visitors are able to access the three million square foot complex without using private transport means as it is directly connected to Chengdu’s public transportation system. Stimulating a micro urbanism, the five towers offer offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the Sliced Porosity Block identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. 

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

UPDATE: World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 210 Days

00:00 - 17 October, 2012
Chinese construction company Broad Group has announced ambitious plans to construct the world's tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)
Chinese construction company Broad Group has announced ambitious plans to construct the world's tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)

When we brought you this story back in June, the title read "World's Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built....in 90 Days! " 

Well, as any architect knows, first estimates are never accurate. Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), the design firm behind Sky City, soon to be the world's tallest skyscraper, has professed that the building will now be built at the positively glacial pace of 210 days (7 months instead of 3).

As we explained last time, Sky City will shoot up to its 838-meter (2,750-ft/220-story) height thanks to its pre-fabricated assembly (up to 95% of the materials will be assembled in modular form before on-site construction even begins). BSB also claims that it will be sustainable and earthquake proof.  

According to a fascinating Wired interview with BSB's founder and Chairman, Zhang Yue (check it out), the foundation is scheduled to be laid in November and should be complete by March 2013. 

Read on after the break for more of Sky City's impressive record-breaking stats and sustainability chops...

World's Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built...In 90 Days

12:27 - 20 June, 2012
Chinese construction company Broad Group has announced ambitious plans to construct the world's tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)
Chinese construction company Broad Group has announced ambitious plans to construct the world's tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group 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…

Story via GizmagCNN