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Bee Breeders Announces Winners of SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge

13:00 - 16 August, 2019
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge. The purpose of the competition was to allow architects, design students, engineers, and artists from all over the world to generate design ideas for iconic high rise buildings in cities around the globe. As part of this design series, participants were encouraged to incorporate new technologies, materials, forms, spatial organizations, and construction systems in their designs for a skyscraper.

REX, SOM and SHoP Among Finalists for $600m Tower in Brisbane

13:00 - 7 August, 2019
REX, SOM and SHoP Among Finalists for $600m Tower in Brisbane, 205 North Quay. Image Courtesy of Cbus Properties
205 North Quay. Image Courtesy of Cbus Properties

Developers Cbus and Nielson Properties have released a shortlist for the design of a $600 million office tower in Brisbane’s North Quay. Four local and international architectural teams have been selected to create proposals for the commercial tower that will accommodate 50,000 square meters of office space. The developers aim to establish an innovative workplace of the future that will represent the new world of work.

Honglin Li Designs Waste-to-Energy Skyscraper in Great Pacific Garbage Patch

13:00 - 24 July, 2019
Honglin Li Designs Waste-to-Energy Skyscraper in Great Pacific Garbage Patch, FILTRATION. Image Courtesy of Honglin Li
FILTRATION. Image Courtesy of Honglin Li

Designer Honglin Li has created a proposal for a waste-to-energy skyscraper in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Called FILTRATION, the project was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The modular, prefabricated megastructure contains several Material Recovery Facilities and Water Treatment Plants to recycle the floating garbage and clean seawater while taking on the world energy crisis.

Henriquez Partners Designs Tapered Towers for Vancouver

05:00 - 15 July, 2019
Henriquez Partners Designs Tapered Towers for Vancouver, Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank

Canadian architecture practice Henriquez Partners has designed a series of ten towers for a new suburban development in Vancouver. The mixed-use project was made for developer Westbank to create a new 4.5 million-square-foot residential community for the city. Dubbed Oakridge, the towers will include housing, office and retail as a contemporary architecture for the Pacific Northwest.

Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank Oakridge. Image Courtesy of Westbank + 8

JDSA Wins Competition to Design New Fluted Tower in France

05:00 - 10 July, 2019
 Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects
Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects

JDS Architects have won the competition to design a new residential tower and mixed-use development in France. Located in Rennes, the project will include new buildings on the Blériot-Féval site to generate an inclusive neighborhood within the Eurorennes development. As the master plan's geographic centerpiece, the new Féval Tower will offer 188 new apartments to the city.

 Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects  Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects  Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects  Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects + 14

Tehran Skyscraper Combines Cryptocurrency Mining with Vertical Water Park

13:00 - 3 June, 2019
Tehran Skyscraper Combines Cryptocurrency Mining with Vertical Water Park, JCPOA Tower: Crypto-Park. Image Courtesy of Ilia Attarpour, Dadbeh Mohebbi Gilani, Ramtin Taherian
JCPOA Tower: Crypto-Park. Image Courtesy of Ilia Attarpour, Dadbeh Mohebbi Gilani, Ramtin Taherian

As an entry to the 2019 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, JCPOA Tower was designed to combine cryptocurrency mining with a water park. Created by Ilia Attarpour, Dadbeh Mohebbi Gilani, and Ramtin Taherian, the project considered the US economic sanctions on Iran and the geopolitical crisis around the country's currency devaluation and near economic collapse. The designers proposed a cryptocurrency mining tower under the cover of its secondary water park function. The skyscraper explores how sanctions can be manipulated as a way out of crisis.

JCPOA Tower: Crypto-Park. Image Courtesy of Ilia Attarpour, Dadbeh Mohebbi Gilani, Ramtin Taherian JCPOA Tower: Crypto-Park. Image Courtesy of Ilia Attarpour, Dadbeh Mohebbi Gilani, Ramtin Taherian JCPOA Tower: Crypto-Park JCPOA Tower: Crypto-Park + 10

odD+ Architects Reinterpret Historic Courtyards and Gardens in Quito Tower

13:00 - 9 May, 2019
odD+ Architects Reinterpret Historic Courtyards and Gardens in Quito Tower, Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects
Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects

odD+ Architects have designed a residential tower with exterior gardens in Ecuador. Inspired by the architecture of classical cloisters in downtown Quito, the tower reinterprets the courtyard through the building facade. The exposed building face is meant to reconnect residents to the surrounding old town fabric. Dubbed Common Garden, the project frames unique views of the city through 12 floors of gardens and arcades.

Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects Common Ground. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects + 6

Perkins + Will Design the World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper for Vancouver

09:00 - 9 May, 2019
Perkins + Will Design the World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper for Vancouver, Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development
Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development

Perkins + Will have revealed a new design for the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in Vancouver. Called Canada Earth Tower, the mass timber project is designed along the city’s Central Broadway corridor. Bruce Langereis, president of Delta Land Development, unveiled the company’s proposal to transform a 1.3-acre lot at 1745 West 8th Avenue with a project that could rise up to 40 floors. Canada Earth Tower aims to become a new precedent and benchmark for green building construction.

Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development Canada Earth Tower. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will / Delta Land Development + 7

ODD Architects Creates Sunflower-Inspired Residential Tower for Ecuador

05:00 - 30 April, 2019
ODD Architects Creates Sunflower-Inspired Residential Tower for Ecuador, Sunflower Tower. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects, Julia Bogdan
Sunflower Tower. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects, Julia Bogdan

Quito-based odD+ Architects have designed a residential skyscraper inspired by sunflowers for Ecuador. Taking cues from the rhythmic formations of the plant's seeds and petals, the tower is a direct response to the increasing urbanization of Quito. Aiming to address development patterns that threaten the natural landscape and its endemic species, the project was made to be a vertical ecosystem for the city.

Sunflower Tower. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects, Julia Bogdan Sunflower Tower. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects, Julia Bogdan Sunflower Tower. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects, Julia Bogdan Sunflower Tower. Image Courtesy of odD+ Architects, Julia Bogdan + 10

MAD Designs Slender Skyscraper to Soften New York City's Skyline

11:05 - 11 April, 2019
MAD Designs Slender Skyscraper to Soften New York City's Skyline, East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects
East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects have revealed a new vision for New York City skyscrapers with a sinuous slender tower near the Empire State Building. Dubbed ‘East 34th’, the project was designed with a dark-colored glass facade that was made to fade into the atmosphere. Located adjacent to one of New York's most iconic structures, the project rethinks the city's rectilinear towers and sharp edges to create a new form for the Manhattan high-rise.

East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects + 7

Tallest Tower in Western Europe Wins Approval in Rural Denmark

05:00 - 4 April, 2019
Tallest Tower in Western Europe Wins Approval in Rural Denmark, Bestseller Tower. Image Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup
Bestseller Tower. Image Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup

Danish firm Dorte Mandrup have designed a new skyscraper to become Western Europe’s tallest tower in Brande, Denmark. Rising over 1000 feet, the project is sited in a rural Danish village of 7,000 people. Dubbed Bestseller Tower, the project will be visible from 37 miles away in every direction. The skyscraper will include offices for the Bestseller fashion company, a hotel, and a “village” of green retail pavilions. The company aims to make the skyscraper "climate positive" as part of their sustainability goals.

Downtown New York's Tallest Residential Skyscraper Tops Out

13:00 - 22 March, 2019
Downtown New York's Tallest Residential Skyscraper Tops Out, 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners
125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners

Rafael Viñoly's 125 Greenwich Street skyscraper in downtown Manhattan has topped out. The 912-foot-tall luxury condominium skyscraper was designed as a slender structure with exposed concrete columns. Rising 88 storys, the project includes a curved glass façade to enhance the panoramic views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center Complex, and the New York City skyline.

125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners + 11

Mecanoo Wins Frankfurt Grand Central Tower Competition

13:00 - 7 March, 2019
Mecanoo Wins Frankfurt Grand Central Tower Competition, Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Dutch design practice Mecanoo has won the competition to design the new Frankfurt Grand Central Tower in Germany. Sited in the country's fifth largest city, the residential tower will rise within walking distance of Central Station where a former post office once stood. Developed by Phoenix and Gross & Partner, the skyscraper hopes to meet the city's increased housing demand across all market segments. The glass and copper-colored metal tower was inspired by the surrounding industrial context.

Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Frankfurt Grand Central. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 9

Precht Designs Timber Skyscrapers with Modular Homes and Vertical Farming

13:00 - 25 February, 2019
Precht Designs Timber Skyscrapers with Modular Homes and Vertical Farming, The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht
The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht

Precht has designed a timber skyscraper concept that combines modular housing with vertical farming. The concept was created by Penda co-founder Chris Precht and his wife Fei to reconnect people in cities with agriculture. In their proposal, the modular housing units would be built so that residents can produce their own food. Dubbed the Farmhouse, the concept aims to create more sustainable ways of living as city dwellers are increasingly losing touch with food production.

The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht + 16

63-Story Tower Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s 'Flying Skirt' Planned for Downtown LA

04:00 - 14 February, 2019
63-Story Tower Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s 'Flying Skirt' Planned for Downtown LA, Sky Trees. Image Courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects
Sky Trees. Image Courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects

A new mixed-use tower by Sydney-based practice Koichi Takada Architects has been designed for downtown Los Angeles. With the potential to rise as high as 63 stories, the project was inspired by California’s redwood trees and Marilyn Monroe’s iconic wind-swept skirt. Dubbed Sky Trees, the project will include clustered towers clad in timber mullions that transformed into free-flowing wooden awnings at the base of the project.

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.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill to Design China's Tallest Skyscraper

05:00 - 11 January, 2019
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill to Design China's Tallest Skyscraper, Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture have won the competition to design the Shimao Longgang Master Plan that includes a 700-meter tall skyscraper called the Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Set to become the tallest skyscraper in China, the project will be set between the foothills of Longcheng Park and Dayun National Park. The supertall is designed to be a new sculptural icon for the Shenzhen skyline.

Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture + 5

MVRDV Redefines the Skyscraper as a 3D City in Shenzhen

13:00 - 19 December, 2018
MVRDV Redefines the Skyscraper as a 3D City in Shenzhen, Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN
Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN

Dutch practice MVRDV has won the competition to design the new Vanke headquarters building in Shenzhen. Designed for the major Chinese real estate developer, the 250 meter tall project is a cluster of eight interlinked blocks of offices, housing and culture. The concept was grounded in MVRDV's research into the three-dimensional city. Aiming to rethink the next generation of skyscrapers, the tower rises from four separate bases to a single crowning tower.

Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN + 17