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WOHA's First Office Skyscraper in China Tops Out in Shenzhen

12:00 - 13 June, 2018
Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

WOHA has released an update of their first office skyscraper for China, as their Vanke Yun City scheme tops out in Shenzhen. Manifesting as three tower blocks attached to a central T-shaped core, the scheme seeks to present “an alternative office tower typology that responds to the sub-tropical climate in Shenzhen.”

Set against the backdrop of ubiquitous post-modernist skyscrapers, the 1.6 million-square-foot (150,000 square-meter) scheme aims to “radically transform the soulless skyscraper into a highly liveable, humane, and sustainable micro-vertical city.”

Courtesy of WOHA Courtesy of WOHA Courtesy of WOHA Courtesy of WOHA + 17

SOM Scale + Form at the 2018 Venice Biennale

10:45 - 26 May, 2018
SOM Scale + Form at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

Today, a new exhibition opened in Venice featuring the work of the global architecture and engineering practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Presented at the European Cultural Centre, "Time Space Existence" is a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. The show includes work from leading architects, photographers, sculptors, and universities from around the world.

First Images Released of SOM's Proposed Skyscrapers on Former Chicago Spire Site

12:10 - 16 May, 2018
First Images Released of SOM's Proposed Skyscrapers on Former Chicago Spire Site, © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest
© Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest

The Chicago Tribune has released images of an SOM-designed skyscraper scheme for the former Chicago Spire site. The two towers, measuring 1,000 and 850 feet tall (305 and 259 meters), are expected to contain 1.3 million square feet of floor space, including 850 residential units. 

The proposal signals a new lease of life for 400 N Lake Shore Drive, where a 75-foot-deep, much-ridiculed foundation hole serves as the only reminder of the once-planned Chicago Spire, a 2000-foot-tall Santiago Calatrava-designed skyscraper.

© Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest + 7

Foster + Partners Unveil Images for Towering DJI Robotics Headquarters in Shenzhen

12:00 - 10 May, 2018
Foster + Partners Unveil Images for Towering DJI Robotics Headquarters in Shenzhen, Dajiang innovation HQ, Shenzen, China. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Dajiang innovation HQ, Shenzen, China. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has unveiled their vision for the headquarters of DJI, the world’s leading robotics company, to be located in the Chinese technological powerhouse of Shenzhen. Symbolizing the “heart of innovation” for the robotics giant, the scheme seeks to alter the traditional concept of office architecture, generating a “creative community in the sky.”

Comprised of two towers, the scheme strikes a balance between research, development, office space and public amenities. The floors comprise floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by steel mega-trusses, ensuring maximum flexibility in large, column-free workspaces.

New Images Released of Proposed Skyscraper Addition to Chicago's Thompson Center

14:00 - 4 May, 2018
New Images Released of Proposed Skyscraper Addition to Chicago's Thompson Center, Courtesy of visualizedconcepts
Courtesy of visualizedconcepts

Landmarks Illinois has released new images of a proposed radical extension to the James R, Thompson Center in Chicago. The images seek to portray the building’s versatility to be privately redeveloped as a mixed-use hub, featuring an eye-catching “super tower” at the southwest corner of the site, as proposed by the scheme’s original architect Helmut Jahn.

The new images follow on from a previous story we covered last year, detailing a 110-story tower proposed by Jahn in response to local plans to demolish the postmodern building. The latest images underlie a similar goal of demonstrating the potential for the Thompson Center to be protected and expanded, in response to its listing on the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois in 2017 and 2018. The Postmodernist piece lies in a precarious situation, with an administrative interest in selling the building and replacing it a high-rise development.

Courtesy of visualizedconcepts Courtesy of visualizedconcepts Helmut Jahn's previous proposal for a 110 tower beside the Thompson Center. Image © JAHN. Via Crain's Courtesy of visualizedconcepts + 5

The Chicago Tribune Tower Might Have a New Neighbor: The City's Second-Tallest Skyscraper

14:39 - 24 April, 2018
The Chicago Tribune Tower Might Have a New Neighbor: The City's Second-Tallest Skyscraper, Courtesy of CIM / Golub
Courtesy of CIM / Golub

The Chicago Tribune Tower is at the center of a $1 billion development seeking to bring over 700 residential units to the city center. Developers CIM and Golub have unveiled a proposal which would see the redevelopment of the neo-Gothic tower into 163 condominiums, and the construction of a tapering skyscraper only 30 feet shorter than the Willis Tower, Chicago’s tallest building.

Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub + 9

eVolo Announces 2018 Skyscraper Competition Winners

16:12 - 17 April, 2018
Skyshelter.zip: Foldable Skyscraper for Disaster Zones. Image Courtesy of eVolo
Skyshelter.zip: Foldable Skyscraper for Disaster Zones. Image Courtesy of eVolo

eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2018 Skyscraper Competition. Now in its 13th year, the annual award was established to recognize “visionary ideas for building [high-rise] projects that through [the] novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.”

This year, 3 winners and 27 honorable mentions were selected from a pool of 526 entries. Among this year’s winners are a foldable skyscraper inspired by origami, an urban building for rice farming, and a prototype for vertical housing in areas damaged by wildfires.

Levitated Broadway – Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of eVolo Waria Lemuy: Fire Prevention Skyscraper. Image Courtesy of eVolo Shinto Shrine / Urban Rice Farming Skyscraper. Image Courtesy of eVolo Sand Dam: Anti-desertification Skyscraper. Image Courtesy of eVolo + 31

Images Revealed of BIG's Latest New York City Skyscraper

12:40 - 3 April, 2018
Images Revealed of BIG's Latest New York City Skyscraper ,  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>
Image via New York YIMBY

New York YIMBY has revealed initial renderings of BIG’s proposed office skyscraper at West 29th Street, New York, on the site of the old Bancroft Bank Building. Officially named “29th and 5th,” the scheme will offer a LEED-certified design focused on wellness and sustainability, featuring outdoor terraces stacked alongside a glass curtain façade.

 Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a>  Image <a href='https://newyorkyimby.com/2018/04/bjarke-ingels-designed-29th-5th-revealed-hfz-capitals-new-nomad-office-tower-at-3-west-29th-street.html'>via New York YIMBY</a> + 8

New Rendering Shows Off the Final Design of BIG's Twisting High Line Towers as Construction Moves Forward

12:20 - 12 March, 2018
New Rendering Shows Off the Final Design of BIG's Twisting High Line Towers as Construction Moves Forward, © DBOX
© DBOX

Construction is moving along quickly on The Eleventh, BIG’s twisting residential towers located near Chelsea Piers on New York City’s High Line park.

A new rendering released of the project shows the design in its final form (developed through a series of iterations), standing out even amongst notable neighbors including Frank Gehry’s IAC Building, Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th Avenue and Foster + Partners’ 551 West 21st Street.

Rafael Viñoly Architects' NoMad Residential Tower 277 Fifth Tops Out in New York City

12:00 - 9 March, 2018
Rafael Viñoly Architects' NoMad Residential Tower 277 Fifth Tops Out in New York City, Left image courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects. Left image via Field Condition
Left image courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects. Left image via Field Condition

Rafael Viñoly Architects’ 277 Fifth has topped out at its full height of 663 feet, making it one of the tallest towers in the relatively low-lying NoMad area of Manhattan.

The 55-story condominium tower, located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 30th Street, features a restrained facade design composed of lightweight, reinforced, Indigo-colored cast concrete panels that were custom fabricated in Finland. As the building rises, its elevations are punctured by four unique ‘loggias’ that give residents of those units a space for outdoor dining and leisure. 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group's 15 Hudson Yards Tops Out

16:00 - 28 February, 2018
Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group's 15 Hudson Yards Tops Out, Courtesy of Related-Oxford
Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Hudson Yards’ first condominium tower, 15 Hudson Yards, has topped out at its full architectural height of 914 feet, with exterior cladding also more than halfway complete. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (the firm’s first true skyscraper) in collaboration with Rockwell Group and executive architects Ismael Leyva Architects, the tower will contain a total of 285 residences, half of which have already been sold. 

15 Hudson Yards. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford Facade View. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford Aquatics Center. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford Duplex Penthouse interior. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford + 30

Docomomo Pens Letter In Response to the Planned Demolition of New York's Union Carbide Building

12:20 - 28 February, 2018
Docomomo Pens Letter In Response to the Planned Demolition of New York's Union Carbide Building, The original lobby of the Union Carbide Building. Image © Ezra Stoller | Esto. Courtesy Docomomo
The original lobby of the Union Carbide Building. Image © Ezra Stoller | Esto. Courtesy Docomomo

Following last week’s announcement of JPMorgan Chase’s plans to demolition the historically significant modernist masterwork 270 Park (formerly known as the Union Carbide Building), the US chapter of international non-profit Modernist architecture advocate Docomomo has penned a letter to New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee chair Meenakshi Srinivasan arguing for the structure’s preservation.

In the letter, Docomomo US President Theodore H.M. Prudon and Docomomo US NY/Tri-State President John Arbuckle highlight the structure’s critical acclaim and essential place within Modernist architectural history, urging the Commission to calendar the building for designation as quickly as possible.

Find the letter reprinted in full, below.

The 10 Tallest Uncompleted Skyscrapers

09:30 - 26 February, 2018
The 10 Tallest Uncompleted Skyscrapers, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

We all know a little about the world's tallest buildings—those engineering feats which define their cities and become symbols of human achievement—but what of the buildings that never took their planned place in their respective skylines? In 2014, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released a report listing the 20 tallest buildings that were never completed (an up-to-date list is also maintained on their website here). In order to be considered "never completed," all of the buildings in the report had begun site work, but construction was completely halted with no reports indicating it will continue. Read on to find out the top 10 tallest uncompleted buildings in 2018 after the break.

Watch Robert A M Stern Make the Case for Preserving Philip Johnson's AT&T Building

09:30 - 24 February, 2018
Watch Robert A M Stern Make the Case for Preserving Philip Johnson's AT&T Building, Rendering of Snøhetta's renovation plans for the AT&T Building. Image © DBOX
Rendering of Snøhetta's renovation plans for the AT&T Building. Image © DBOX

In a recent film published by Metropolis Magazine, New York-based architect Robert A M Stern explains why we should care about Philip Johnson’s controversial AT&T building. As landmark designation hearings to protect the buildings external facade continue, demolition of the lobby of this iconic Postmodern New York City skyscraper has already completed.

The designs by Snøhetta for the renovation of the building at 550 Madison Avenue have launched the building to the forefront of the debate about the preservation of Postmodern heritage. The plans include replacing the stone facade with undulating glass in order to transform the building's street presence. Should plans progress, the once prominent arched entry will sit behind fritted glass and stone covered columns will be unwrapped to create a hovering datum.

SOM's Iconic 270 Park Avenue At Risk of Becoming the Tallest Building Ever to Be Demolished

12:30 - 22 February, 2018
© Flickr <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/16801915@N06/8191438808/'>user Reading Tom</a>. Licensed under CC BY 2.0t
© Flickr user Reading Tom. Licensed under CC BY 2.0t

Just months after plans were announced for a major transformation of Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building at 550 Madison, another iconic midtown Manhattan skyscraper is at risk – and this time, it would mean the demolition of the entire building.

Designed by Natalie de Blois and Gordon Bunshaft of SOM and completed in 1961, 270 Park Avenue (formerly known as the Union Carbide Building) is considered a key example of the International Style in New York City that extended and even improved upon the precedent set by Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building.

But after new zoning legislation for the neighborhood was passed last year, the building’s current owner, JPMorgan Chase, has announced plans to raze the 707-foot-tall building in favor of a new, hi-tech supertall replacement. If plans go through, it would be the world’s largest and tallest building ever to be intentionally demolished.

Calatrava and Gehry Rumored to Be Designing Skyscrapers for New York’s Hudson Yards Megaproject

12:00 - 19 February, 2018
A photograph of Hudson Yards from October 2017. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford
A photograph of Hudson Yards from October 2017. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

New York City’s most buzzy megaproject, Hudson Yards, may have just added two more huge names to their list of notable architects, if a new report from the Wall Street Journal is to be trusted.

According to a source the WSJ describes as “a person familiar with the matter,” Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry will both design new residential towers for the second phase of the 28-acre complex, located at the north end of the High Line in west Manhattan.

Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041

16:30 - 15 February, 2018
Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, © Sumitomo Forestry Co.
© Sumitomo Forestry Co.

Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the globe. But this latest proposal from Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry Co. and architects Nikken Sekkei would blow everything else out of the water, as they have announced plans for the world’s first supertall wood structured skyscraper in Tokyo.

At 1,148 feet tall, the proposal outpaces similar timber-structured highrise proposals including Perkins + Will’s River Beech Tower and PLP Architecture’s Oakwood Tower.

© Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. + 8

New Renderings Show Off Plans For What Could Become Portland's Future Tallest Building

14:00 - 14 February, 2018
New Renderings Show Off Plans For What Could Become Portland's Future Tallest Building , Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture
Courtesy of William Kaven Architecture

New renderings have been revealed of Kaven + Co. and William / Kaven Architecture’s plans for the new Broadway Corridor in Portland, showcasing the full masterplan for the first time. Conceived as a new mixed-use district and transportation hub connecting Union Station and the Pearl District, the Broadway Corridor will feature the city’s new tallest and one of the west coast’s tallest buildings.