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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: 

Courtesy of Plompmozes © Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos © Virgile Simon Bertrand Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 13

Zhengzhou Twin Towers / gmp Architects

19:00 - 17 July, 2018
Zhengzhou Twin Towers / gmp Architects, © ZMG China
© ZMG China

View from railway station. Image © Jianghe Zeng Illumination by night. Image © Jianghe Zeng View of facade. Image © Jianghe Zeng Staircase in „Sky Atrium“ . Image © Jianghe Zeng + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Category

  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Nicolas Pomränke
  • Competition project management

    Niklas Veelken
  • Competition design team

    Jan Deml, Amelie Neusen, Michael Reiss, Susan Schwarz, Sabine Stage, Jochen Sültrup, Thilo Zehme, Bin Zhou
  • Detail design project management

    Niklas Veelken, Jens Weiler
  • Detail design team

    Markus Busch, Ping Cao, Lan Chen, Yue Chen, Andrew Davis, Jan Deml, Christian Dorndorf, Johannes Erdmann, Kuno von Häfen, Boyan Kolchakov, Lin Lin, Fernando Nassare, Kristin Schoyerer, Elsa Tang, Thilo Zehme, Zhou Bin
  • Partner practice in China

    TJADRI Group, Co., Ltd., Shanghai
  • Area

    746000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs