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KPF Completes Brâncuși-Inspired Sculptural Tower in Shanghai

11:00 - 11 March, 2019
KPF Completes Brâncuși-Inspired Sculptural Tower in Shanghai, © Ai Qing
© Ai Qing

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has announced the completion of the SOHO Gubei office tower in Shanghai. Inspired by the proportions of Constantin Brâncuși’s “Endless Column” sculpture, the tower manifests as an undulating obelisk with a diagonally canted zig-zag profile.

Each side of the tower’s sculptural form consists of four stacked volumes, with a series of shifted grids creating a density of wall surfaces that offer shade, reduce glare, and create a sense of urban solidity.

© Ai Qing © Ai Qing © Ai Qing © Ai Qing + 7

SOHO Gubei / KPF

23:00 - 10 March, 2019
SOHO Gubei / KPF, © CreatAR Images
© CreatAR Images

© CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images + 47

China Resources Headquarters / KPF

10:00 - 24 January, 2019
China Resources Headquarters / KPF, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 28

  • Architects

    KPF
  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  • Area

    210000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings

04:00 - 24 January, 2019
These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings, © Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH; © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0; © Carsten Schael; © K11 / New World Development; © © Ferox Seneca, bajo licencia CC BY 3.0; imagen cortesía de SOM
© Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH; © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0; © Carsten Schael; © K11 / New World Development; © © Ferox Seneca, bajo licencia CC BY 3.0; imagen cortesía de SOM

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.

KPF Completes the Third-Tallest Building in Shenzhen

09:00 - 7 January, 2019
KPF Completes the Third-Tallest Building in Shenzhen , © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has announced the completion of the third-tallest building in Shenzhen. The China Resources Headquarters, a 400-meter-tall commercial office tower, stitches together retail, residential, and office functions surrounded by 2,000 square meters of public space.

The tower, inspired by the shape of winter bamboo shoots, seeks to “invigorate Shenzhen’s urban fabric while providing one of the country’s premier companies with a visual icon symbolizing its historic growth and prominent stature.”

© Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 5

KPF Proposes a New "Participatory Urbanism" with Shanghai Towers

11:00 - 12 December, 2018
KPF Proposes a New "Participatory Urbanism" with Shanghai Towers, Courtesy of Plompmozes
Courtesy of Plompmozes

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has unveiled details of Huamu Lot 10 in Shanghai. The three-tower scheme, totaling 279,000 square meters, is dedicated to commercial offices and a future museum, positioned around a central grand plaza.

Described as a “new form of participatory urbanism,” the scheme has been designed to accommodate large-scale artwork in a public setting, thus activating the central plaza as a cultural hub.

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Which? Headquarters / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates P.C.

13:00 - 24 November, 2018
© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow + 59

Samsung Seocho / KPF

21:00 - 27 July, 2018
Samsung Seocho / KPF, © Jae Seong Lee
© Jae Seong Lee

© Jae Seong Lee © Jae Seong Lee © Jae Seong Lee © Jae Seong Lee + 12

  • Architects

    KPF
  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Category

  • Area

    239000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Residential Infinity Pool to be Built in Brooklyn

12:00 - 5 February, 2018
The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Residential Infinity Pool to be Built in Brooklyn, © Williams New York
© Williams New York

A new infinity pool offering unparalleled views of New York City is to be constructed atop KPF’s upcoming Brooklyn Point tower. At 680 feet above grade – nearly 100 feet higher than the iconic infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore – when completed the pool will become the “highest residential infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere."

Ping An Finance Centre / KPF

20:00 - 6 January, 2018
Ping An Finance Centre / KPF, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 13

New Visualizations Show How London's Skyline Will Look in 2026

14:00 - 5 January, 2018
New Visualizations Show How London's Skyline Will Look in 2026, View from City Hall. Image Courtesy of City of London
View from City Hall. Image Courtesy of City of London

The City of London has released new visualizations showing how its fast-changing skyline will look by 2026, as 13 schemes are currently under construction or due to begin construction in London’s Financial District.

View from Fleet Street. Image Courtesy of City of London View from South Bank. Image Courtesy of City of London Aerial View from east. Image Courtesy of City of London View from Waterloo Bridge. Image Courtesy of City of London + 7

NYC's Waterline Square Tops Out With Towers by Meier, Viñoly and KPF

08:00 - 22 December, 2017
© Jonathan Morefield
© Jonathan Morefield

At one of the last remaining waterfront sites in Manhattan, the topping out of a luxury, five-acre, three tower mega-structure dubbed Waterline Square marks the end of a 25-year process for the 77-acre Riverside South Master Plan. Each of the three towers has been conceptualized by a different architect, with One Waterline Square by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Two Waterline Square by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and Three Waterline Square by Viñoly Architects. The towers were developed concurrently, but each reflects the vision of its architect, contributing to a harmonious complex while still remaining distinct.

© Jonathan Morefield © Jonathan Morefield © Jonathan Morefield © Jonathan Morefield + 19

The Results Are In: 2017 Was Another Record-Breaking Year for Skyscrapers

12:45 - 14 December, 2017
Tallest 20 skyline. Image Courtesy of CTBUH
Tallest 20 skyline. Image Courtesy of CTBUH

2017 was another banner year for skyscraper construction.

According to the 2017 Tall Building Year in Review, the annual web report from The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a record-breaking 144 buildings 200 meters tall (656 feet tall) or higher were completed in 2017, led by the 599-meter-tall Ping An Finance Center and 555-meter-tall Lotte World Tower.

In the report, CTBUH outlines this year’s trends in tall building design. Notably, 2017 proved to be the most geographically diverse year in history for tall buildings, with 69 cities across 23 countries completing new towers, an significant increase from 54 cities and 18 countries in 2016. Of those numbers, 28 cities and 8 countries completed their new tallest building.

150 North Riverside / Goettsch Partners. Image © Nick Ulivieri Photography Lotte World Tower; Seoul, South Korea / KPF. Image Courtesy of CTBUH Ping An Finance Center; Shenzhen, China / KPF. Image Courtesy of CTBUH Raffles City Hangzhou; Hangzhou, China / UN Studio. Image © Hufton+Crow + 27

K11 Atelier at Victoria Dockside / KPF

19:00 - 11 December, 2017
K11 Atelier at Victoria Dockside / KPF, Courtesy of New World Development
Courtesy of New World Development

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  • Architects

  • Location

    18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Forth Bagley
  • Executive Architect

    Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP)
  • Area

    142814.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Brooklyn's Tallest Building Revealed in New Renderings

08:00 - 20 October, 2017
Brooklyn's Tallest Building Revealed in New Renderings, Courtesy of Williams New York
Courtesy of Williams New York

Brooklyn Point by Kohn Pederson Fox will hold the title of Brooklyn’s tallest building - although for a short while as the downtown developer craze competes for the next top spot. The mixed-use skyscraper is the final step in the City Point mega-development and is the first of Extell Development Company in the borough

After being in the design process for the past three years, construction of Brooklyn Point began this summer; it is only now that Extell is releasing the details of the tower in a new render that displays the extent of the façade.

Olson Kundig, CookFox, Morris Adjmi Among Top Firms to Design Buildings for Revitalization of Downtown Tampa

16:20 - 29 August, 2017
Olson Kundig, CookFox, Morris Adjmi Among Top Firms to Design Buildings for Revitalization of Downtown Tampa, Tampa skyline, after. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa
Tampa skyline, after. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa

Developer Strategic Property Partners has announced plans for a new $3 billion 50-acre mixed-use neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. To be known as Water Street Tampa, the multi-phase project will create 9 million square feet of commercial, residential, educational, cultural and entertainment space on a site currently underused and occupied by highways and surface parking.

Tampa skyline, after. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa Tampa skyline, before. Image Courtesy of Water Street Tampa Courtesy of Water Street Tampa Olson Kundig, CookFox, Morris Adjmi Among Top Firms to Design Buildings for Revitalization of Downtown Tampa + 4

KPF Advances Growth of Boston Seaport with Towered Mixed-Use Building

14:00 - 24 June, 2017
KPF Advances Growth of Boston Seaport with Towered Mixed-Use Building, Courtesy of KPF
Courtesy of KPF

Echelon Seaport, a mixed-used development designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and CBT Architects, will join the growing number of buildings and public spaces slated to revitalize the Boston Seaport neighborhood in the coming decade. The 1.3 million square foot property will accompany projects such as OMA’s 88 Seaport and developments by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.

Courtesy of KPF Courtesy of KPF Courtesy of KPF Courtesy of Interior Designer, TBA, 2017 + 5

Hudson Yards' Retail and Restaurant Spaces Unveiled in New Renderings

14:15 - 10 May, 2017
Hudson Yards' Retail and Restaurant Spaces Unveiled in New Renderings, Courtesy of Related Oxford
Courtesy of Related Oxford

With construction on New York's Hudson Yards development racing forward, developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group have revealed plans for the latest addition to the complex: a 35,000-square-foot food hall featuring dining by celebrity chef José Andrés located within KPF’s already-open 10 Hudson Yards.

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