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Shanghai Tower Wins 2015 Emporis Skyscraper Award

15:21 - 22 November, 2016
Shanghai Tower Wins 2015 Emporis Skyscraper Award

Gensler's Shanghai Tower has won the 2015 Emporis Skyscraper Award. Selected from over 300 buildings of over 100 meters in height completed in 2015, the Emporis jury was impressed by the Shanghai Tower's "elegant spiraling cylindrical shape," and the "extraordinary energy efficiency" provided, in part, by the building's double-skin facade.

Currently the world's second tallest building at 632 meters, the Shanghai Tower becomes the second Chinese building to win the Emporis award, after Zaha Hadid Architects' Wangjing SOHO took the prize last year. In addition to Gensler's first-place project, Emporis also recognized 9 runners-up including Rafael Viñoly Architects' 432 Park Avenue, Arquitectonica's Icon Bay in Miami, and the Evolution Tower in Moscow by Kettle Collective and RMJM Edinburgh. Read on to see all ten awarded projects.

International Firm RMJM Celebrates 60 Years

09:30 - 9 April, 2016
International Firm RMJM Celebrates 60 Years, Capital Gate ADNEC, 2010. Image Courtesy of RMJM
Capital Gate ADNEC, 2010. Image Courtesy of RMJM

The British firm RMJM, founded in 1956 by Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall with its first offices in London and Edinburgh, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The international firm has grown considerably in six decades and now boasts offices and design studios in numerous cities – including New York, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Shanghai, Karachi, Dubai, Pretoria, Nairobi, and many more – on five continents.

The firm's early success in the United Kingdom led to international commissions in the Middle East and North Africa, with RMJM anticipating the impending globalism of the architecture profession, its actions allowing it to become "one of the largest and most geographically diverse architecture firms in the world." Read on for a small selection of RMJM's most notable designs, with one example taken from each decade of the firm's illustrious past.

RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales , View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM
View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM

RMJM's Shenzhen studio has just been awarded the contract to build a 93 metre public observation tower inspired by the importance of water in the historic Doumen District, Guangdong Province, China. Perched at the confluence of two rivers, the Doumen Observation Tower will rise from the waterfront of the Zhuhai, and is inspired by the form of a fish soaring above the water, clad in aluminum scales to protect from the hot Chinese sun. The tower will occupy a minimal footprint and will be surrounded by a large public plaza.

Check out the complete specs of Doumen Observation Tower after the break. 

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM

01:00 - 29 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM, Courtesy of RMJM
Courtesy of RMJM

With arts and culture at the core of Taichung’s urban identity, and the vision to lead in innovation and technology, this design proposal by RMJM seeks to bring together these significant attributes in a building emblematic of Taichung’s achievements and vision. Located at the corner of Taichung Gateway Park, the project becomes an urban oasis and a vital link between existing communities and future urban development, providing a social and cultural focus and an arrival gateway to the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The University of the West of Scotland / RMJM

00:00 - 12 April, 2012
The University of the West of Scotland / RMJM, © Keith Hunter
© Keith Hunter

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  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Killoch Place, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA7 2EA, UK
  • Project Manager

    Gardiner & Theobald
  • Client

    University of the West of Scotland
  • Size

    17,835 sqm GFA
  • Cost

    £81 million
  • Project Year

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Update: Okhta Center / RMJM

11:00 - 23 October, 2010
Via Okhta Center
Via Okhta Center

As we reported back in 2009, RMJM‘s proposed Okhta Center was the subject of heated debate as residents of St Peterburg’s wanted nothing to do with the tower which was regarded as a “symbol of political ego.”  Yet, as Record shared, the tower is set to move ahead after receiving a construction permit from Glavgosekspertiza, the body in charge of issuing building permits.  Towering 403 meters into the skyline, the building will become the highest in Europe and as we’ve seen with Nouvel’s proposal for 53rd Street, Pelli Clarke Pelli’s 15 Penn Plaza and Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower, adding a big change to the skyline sparks big controversy.   In St. Petersburg, approximately 3,000 people gathered to protest the project which is being developed by gas giant Gazprom and is backed by Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin.  In addition to strong public opposition, BD reported that Russian authorities were reviewing RMJM’s design following a report from Unesco’s World Heritage Committee, which has repeatedly threatened to strip the city of its World Heritage Site status if the tower as originally planned is built.  The tower still needs a construction permit from City Hall, which, as Record reported, has backed the project from the start.

More images after the break.

Revolutionary Development for Turkey / RMJM

21:00 - 12 August, 2009

Internationally recognized practice RMJM Architects have recently announced their groundbreaking $1 billon mixed-use complex for the Atasehir district, the growing residential and business area of Istanbul, TurkeyRMJM’s complex will allow the new business center to flourish by serving 20,000 people and providing for a variety of their needs. The project will be revolutionary for Turkey as it will become the country’s first LEED-certified mixed-use development upon its 2011 completion date.

More images and more about the complex after the break.

RMJM designs luxury iconic hotel in Turkish capital

13:28 - 13 July, 2009

International architectural company RMJM has designed, on behalf of developer Őzkar Construction Co., a new luxury hotel that will help “green” the Sogutozu district of Ankara, the capital city of Turkey.

Located on a 14,000 square-meter site, the luxurious 24-story J. W. Marriott Hotel devotes the first four floors to spacious ballrooms, meeting facilities, restaurants and shops in a sky-lit galleria, with guest rooms starting on the fifth floor. The plan also includes an underground parking garage.

The hotel, which will be completed on October 2010, will bring innovative sustainable design to Ankara and will include a unique design of vertical stone fins that will act as solar shading devices on the east and west facades. The glass curtain wall uses environmentally friendly materials such as high-performing, low-e coating and tinting that contributes to the reduced solar heat gain. Plentiful bamboo trees and vegetation will be included in the landscape to offer additional shading at the site.

More images after the break.

RMJM designs luxury resort on Vietnam

13:00 - 24 June, 2009

The resort includes a range of luxury residences and a five-star resort hotel, the 200-room Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa. It is designed to resemble a traditional Vietnamese townscape, with the various buildings arranged in clusters, taking particular inspiration from the historic town of Hue, located just six miles away.

Construction has just started on the beach resort and the planned luxury residences have now been opened for sale. As well as the hotel and spa, the village resort includes 174 luxury condominiums and 27 oceanfront pool villas, covering 50 acres of land stretching along a half-mile of China Beach. The master planning has been designed by RMJM so that each villa and condominium offers maximum views of the scenic Marble Mountain and the South China Sea.

More images after the break.

Cornell Ornithology Laboratory / RMJM

00:00 - 16 April, 2009
Cornell Ornithology Laboratory / RMJM

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Principal In Charge

    Nicholas Garrison
  • Engineering

    Van Zelm, Heywood & Shadford, Inc., West Hartford, Conn.
  • Structural Engineer

    Robert Silman Associates, PC, New York, NY M/E/P
  • Lighting Design

    The Mintz Lighting Group, Inc.
  • Cost Estimating

    Daedalus Projects, Inc., Boston, Mass.
  • Construction Management

    Christa Construction LLC, Victor, NY
  • Area

    7400.0 m2

Becton Dickinson Campus Center / RMJM

00:00 - 3 April, 2009
Becton Dickinson Campus Center / RMJM

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA
  • Principal In Charge

    Barbara Hillier
  • Civil Engineer

    Owen, Little & Associates, Beachwood, NJ
  • Structural Engineer

    Leslie E. Robertson Associates, RLLP, New York, NY
  • Mep Engineering

    Atkinson Korven Feinberg AKF Engineers, Princeton, NJ
  • Lighting Design

    Brandston Partnership, Inc., New York, NY
  • Construction Management

    Gilbane, Inc., Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Area

    3200.0 m2

RMJM design Vista Center, LEED Platinum Office Building

21:00 - 18 March, 2009

Daniel R. Brenna Jr. of Capital Real Estate Group and architects RMJM unveiled the design for Vista Center, a new LEED Platinum office tower in Trenton, which will be the city’s largest commercial development in decades.

Vista Center is a 25-story, 700,000-square-foot Class A office building planned directly adjacent to the Trenton Transit Center, the second busiest train station on New Jersey’s Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to Washington. The transit-oriented development will include 12,000 square feet of ground-level retail, a parking garage for more than 1,140 cars and two public art components – a plaza with a signature sculpture and lobby with a video art installation.

The project is targeting a LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council – the highest sustainability rating offered – which would make it the first Platinum office tower located directly at a Northeast Corridor Hub.

Images after the break.