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Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower

07:00 - 14 December, 2018
© Viktor Sukharukov
© Viktor Sukharukov

Either as singular outcroppings or as part of a bustling center, skyscrapers are neck-craning icons across major city centers in the world. A modern trope of extreme success and wealth, the skyscraper has become an architectural symbol for vibrant urban hubs and commercial powerhouses dominating cities like New York, Dubai, and Singapore.

While skyscrapers are omnipresent, 2018 introduced new approaches, technologies, and locations to the high-rise typology. From variations in materiality to form, designs for towers have started to address aspects beyond simply efficiency and height, proposing new ways for the repetitive form to bring unique qualities to city skylines. Below, a few examples of proposals and trends from 2018 that showcase the innovative ideas at work: 

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Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp Win Auckland Skyscraper Competition

13:00 - 9 October, 2018
Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp Win Auckland Skyscraper Competition, 65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp have been announced as the winners of the international competition to create a new high-rise tower in central Auckland. Drawn from five finalists including Warren and Mahoney, Cox Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Elenberg Fraser, the winning design will stand 180m high. The building design is inspired by New Zealand’s natural landscape and the country’s unique geology and fauna.

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Zaha Hadid Architects, Woods Bagot, and Cox Among Finalists Announced for Auckland Tower Competition

12:00 - 6 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects, Woods Bagot, and Cox Among Finalists Announced for Auckland Tower Competition, Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The international design competition to create a new high-rise tower in central Auckland has announced five finalists. The five teams include Warren and Mahoney, Cox Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Elenberg Fraser and Woods Bagot. The landmark tower competition is run by Melbourne-based property development company ICD Property. Each of the teams were asked to complete two versions of their design, one following current city Unitary Plan rules and one version that could be built given more open planning parameters.

Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Warren and Mahoney Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Elenberg Fraser Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Cox Architecture + 6

UNStudio Named Winner of Landmark Melbourne Skyscraper Competition

04:00 - 15 August, 2018
UNStudio Named Winner of Landmark Melbourne Skyscraper Competition , Green Spine / UNStudio + Cox Architecture . Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture
Green Spine / UNStudio + Cox Architecture . Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture

UNStudio and Cox Architecture have officially been announced as the winners of Melbourne’s landmark Southbank Precinct overhaul. Selected from a range of high-profile offices, including BIG, OMA, and MAD, UNStudio's vision for the $2 billion project includes a pair of twisted towers called Green Spine. As the largest single-phase project in the history of Victoria, Australia, the Green Spine is designed as a state-of-the-art, mixed-use environment centered around innovation in architecture and design.

Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture + 30

OMA, BIG, and UNStudio Among Prominent Firms to Reveal Visions for Landmark Melbourne Southbank

12:30 - 27 July, 2018
OMA, BIG, and UNStudio Among Prominent Firms to Reveal Visions for Landmark Melbourne Southbank, The Lanescraper. Image Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group / Fender Katsalidis Architects
The Lanescraper. Image Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group / Fender Katsalidis Architects

A prominent shortlist including BIG, OMA, and UNStudio have revealed their visions for Melbourne’s landmark Southbank Precinct overhaul. The $2 billion project will be the largest single-phase project in the history of Victoria, Australia, intended as “a state-of-the-art, mixed-use environment” to be “centered around innovation in architecture and design.”

The six shortlisted schemes include twisting towers, interlocking blocks, and stacked neighborhoods, all focusing on the 6,000-square-meter BMW Southbank site. The designs were revealed at a public symposium on July 27th featuring speakers from the shortlisted firms.

Urban Tree. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects / Elenberg Fraser Urban Tree. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects / Elenberg Fraser Stack. Image Courtesy of MVRDV / Woods Bagot Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture + 24

Brisbane Studio / Cox Architecture

17:00 - 29 June, 2018
Brisbane Studio / Cox Architecture, © Christopher Frederick Jones
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21 Peter Doherty Street / COX Architecture

17:00 - 27 April, 2018
21 Peter Doherty Street / COX Architecture, © Christopher Frederick Jones
© Christopher Frederick Jones

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BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition

12:00 - 27 April, 2018
BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition, via Southbank by Beulah
via Southbank by Beulah

The shortlist for a new landmark project in Melbourne has been announced, comprising award-winning global architects such as Bjarke Ingels Group, MVRDV, and OMA. For the “Southbank by Beulah” mixed-use development, the shortlisted architects will engage in a design competition working in collaboration with local Australian firms, each producing a design proposal for Melbourne’s BMW Southbank site.

With an end value in excess of $2 billion, Southbank by Beulah will be the first large-scale private project adhering to the Australian Institute of Architecture guidelines, while the design competition will be chaired by a jury of seven regarded individuals from academic, architectural, property and government sectors.

Brisbane Ferry Terminals / Cox Architecture

17:00 - 7 November, 2017
Brisbane Ferry Terminals / Cox Architecture, © Christopher Frederick Jones
© Christopher Frederick Jones

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Anna Meares Velodrome / Cox Architecture

17:00 - 4 September, 2017
Anna Meares Velodrome / Cox Architecture, © Veloshotz
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Architects in Charge

    Richard Coulson, Alex Leese, Robert Callanan, Alastair Richardson, Jayson Blight, Kim Huat Tan
  • Area

    10916.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Box Office / Cox Architecture

17:00 - 10 July, 2017
Box Office / Cox Architecture, © David Yeow
© David Yeow

© David Yeow © David Yeow © David Yeow © David Yeow + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    167 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Lead Architects

    Patrick Ness, Ian Sutter, Jonathan Gardiner, Stuart Harper, Pete Sullivan
  • Area

    880.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Sandridge Lookout / Cox Architecture

17:00 - 26 June, 2017
Sandridge Lookout / Cox Architecture, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia
  • Architects in Charge

    Jonothan Gardiner, Peter Sullivan, Sam Locke
  • Area

    50.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium

14:00 - 20 December, 2016
Cox Architecture Wins Competition for North Queensland Rugby Stadium, Courtesy of Cox Architecture
Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Cox Architecture has been selected as the winners of an invited competition for the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, Australia, beating out finalist proposals from BVN Architecture, Hassell and Populous. With a roof design inspired by the native Pandanus tree, the new stadium will provide seating for 25,000 spectators as the new home to the National Rugby League’s North Queensland Cowboys.

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FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel

11:00 - 8 September, 2015
FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel, The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock
The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock

FC Barcelona has announced 14 teams in the running for two planned overhauls of their facilities at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, including alterations to their main stadium and the rebuilding of the Palau Blaugrana, the nearby arena owned by the club and used primarily for basketball and handball. The alterations to the two buildings are part of a larger €600 million project, known officially as "Nou Espai Barça," which seeks to improve the club's entire campus, also adding an ice skating rink, new offices, 5,000 parking spaces and improving the outdoor space surrounding the facilities. The Nou Espai Barça project was approved by the club's fanbase last April after a 72% vote in favor of the proposal.

The list names eight teams - including BIG, Populous, HKS and Arup Sport - in the running for the overhaul of the stadium itself, which will involve the addition of almost 6,000 seats to bring the stadium's total capacity to 105,000, increasing the stadium's lead as the largest football stadium in Europe. It will also include a complete redesign of the lowest seating tier to offer improved views, and the addition of a roof over the terraces. Also named are the six teams in the running to rebuild the Palau Blaugrana.

HASSELL, COX Architecture, HKS To Design Australia’s Largest Sporting Precinct

00:00 - 26 April, 2014
HASSELL, COX Architecture, HKS To Design Australia’s Largest Sporting Precinct, Burswood Peninsula Master Plan. Image Courtesy of Government of Western Australia
Burswood Peninsula Master Plan. Image Courtesy of Government of Western Australia

The West Australian government has confirmed, HASSELL, COX Architecture and HKS will collaborate to design Australia’s largest ever stadium project. The $900million project will see Perth’s Burswood Peninsula transformed into a world-class sporting precinct by 2018. Included in the master plan is a new stadium that will hold some 60,000 spectators, a public tennis facility, significant transport infrastructure upgrades, such as a new train and bus station, and large public parklands. As negotiations continue between the firms and the West Australian Government, we should expect to see detailed drawings of the scheme by at least July with construction expected to begin by the end of this year.

The Darling / Cox Architecture

12:00 - 14 December, 2011
Courtesy of Cox Architecture
Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Architect: Cox Architecture Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Courtesy of Cox Architecture