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World's Tallest Steel Buildings

09:28 - 18 August, 2010
Willis Tower: Tallest Steel Building - © Flickr skydeckchicago. Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
Willis Tower: Tallest Steel Building - © Flickr skydeckchicago. Used under Creative Commons

Did you know that the Sears Tower (now renamed as the Willis Tower) is currently the tallest steel building in the world?

Tall steel buildings are possible thanks to Fazlur Khan, SOM engineer behind several innovations in terms of structural design. On Construction Week Online we found this list of the ten tallest steel buildings in the world, with Kahn’s buildings on the 1st, 5th and 10th place.

Courtesy of Construction Week Online
Courtesy of Construction Week Online

All the buildings after the break:

eVolo 2010 Skyscraper Competition proposal / Hunia Tarek Tomoum

18:00 - 10 August, 2010

Egyptian architect Hunia Tarek Tomoum shared with us her proposal for the eVolo 2010 Skyscraper Competition. Her proposal is a three-dimensional structural mesh of variable size tetrahedrons where two different grids overlap to allow diverse programs and circulations. The building consists of a series of large pockets or community hubs with public amenities such as restaurants, theatres, parks, and plazas connected to diagonal units with offices, residences, and hotels.

The circulation network of vertical cores and diagonal elevators connects the community hubs with the private units. The tetrahedron skyscraper is planned as a see through mesh that will interact with the city and enrich the urban fabric – a visual pedestrian continuity is achieve by lifting the structure and creating open areas at ground level.

More images after the break.

In Progress: Beekman Tower / Frank Gehry

10:00 - 8 August, 2010
© David Assael - Arch Daily
© David Assael - Arch Daily

Our director, David Assael, took some shots of Gehry’s latest creation – a wavy residential tower clad in undulating metal panels. While still in the construction phase, it is easy to get the overall idea of the structure. In person, the tower demands attention as its presence, due both to scale and materiality, is unmatched within its context. Throughout the day, the light plays upon the curves making the hard metallic color almost glisten. Some of Assael’s photos capture the tower in the early evening – the perfect time of day to see the reds and oranges of the setting sun against the building. What do you think of Gehry’s skyscraper?

More of Assael’s photos after the break.

Engineered Biotopes / Piraeus Tower 2010 Competition

12:30 - 30 July, 2010
© Anthi Grapsa & Konstantinos Chalaris
© Anthi Grapsa & Konstantinos Chalaris

London based architects Anthi Grapsa and Konstantinos Chalaris shared with us their entry for the Piraeus Tower 2010 Competition, for which they gained commendation.

Strata SE1 / BFLS

00:00 - 25 July, 2010
Strata SE1 / BFLS, © Will Pryce
© Will Pryce

© Will Pryce © Will Pryce © Will Pryce © Will Pryce + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, UK
  • Category

  • Structural/M & E Engineer

    WSP Group
  • Landscape Architect

    Townshend Landscape Architects
  • Wind Engineer

    RWDI‐Anemos Ltd
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Acoustic Logic Consultancy
  • Environmental Advisor

    URS Corporation Ltd
  • Construction Advisor

    Brookfield Construction UK
  • Client

    Brookfield Europe
  • Wind Turbines

    Norwin AS
  • Budget

  • Area

    306000.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Piraeus Tower 2010 Competition proposal / Mekano

12:30 - 23 July, 2010

Mekano, a team of young Egyptian architects shared with us their proposal for the Piraeus Tower 2010 Competition, for which they received an honorable mention. More images and architect’s description after the break.

AD Classics: John Hancock Center / SOM

00:00 - 7 July, 2010
AD Classics: John Hancock Center / SOM, © Flickr - User: hanneorla
© Flickr - User: hanneorla

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One World Trade Center gets to 260 feet

18:00 - 25 June, 2010

One World Trade Center has reached a construction milestone by rising 260 ft above street level. Upon its completion in 2013, it will become the tallest office building in the United States reaching 104 stories.

Horizontal Skyscraper / Steven Holl

12:00 - 25 June, 2010
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Our friend and architecture photographer, Iwan Baan , just published on his website some of his recently shot images of Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China . The project is a long mixed-use complex which includes office spaces, apartments, a hotel and even a public landscape. Baan’s photos illustrate Holl’s idea that the “building appears as if it were once floating on a higher sea that has now subsided; leaving the structure propped up high on eight legs.”

Complete photoset at Iwan’s website, more images and more about the project after the break.

The Shard: London's Tallest Tower / Renzo Piano

21:00 - 24 June, 2010

We just featured an article about London’s construction frenzy, which includes over half a dozen skyscrapers for the city. This new era will completely alter the city’s skyline as tall buildings will be sprouting everywhere to house new office, commercial, and residential activities. Of these new structures, Renzo Piano’s 310 meter high mix-used tower, The Shard (be sure to check out our coverage of the tower), will not only become London’s tallest tower, but also the tallest building in all of Western Europe. Of all of London’s new developments, we are excited to see this dynamic tower’s impact on the city and its relationship with London’s context and future neighboring skyscrapers.

We have new images to share from Renzo Piano Building Workshop and more video clips of the construction progress after the break.

The Towers of London

10:00 - 22 June, 2010
Renzo Piano's Shard
Renzo Piano's Shard

London’s skyline is about to get a complete makeover. While in the past, almost every tower proposed was stalled due to financial shortcomings, or workers just leaving the job site, now, London is dusting off their old building plans and getting ready to move into a construction frenzy. Thanks to Kieran Long’s article at the Evening Standard we get to know more details about this process:

Sail @ Marina Bay / NBBJ

00:00 - 8 June, 2010
Sail @ Marina Bay / NBBJ, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Marina Boulevard, Central Business District, Republic of Singapore
  • Category

  • Co Designer/Design Principal

    Peter Pran, RA, FAIA, MNAL
  • Co Designer/Design Partner

    Timothy Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
  • Interior Design Partner

    Rysia Suchecka, AIA, IIDA
  • Design Team Leader/Project Manager

    Scott Hunter, AIA, LEED AP
  • Architecture Design Team

    Reggie Aviles, Michael Ramsay, Karin Tehve, Jay Seibenmorgen, Angela Chang, Sara Agrest, Nnamdi Ugenyi, Heather Metzger, Catherine Smith
  • Interiors Design Team

    Tara Schneider, IIDA; Pete Lorimer, LEED AP
  • Associate Architect

    Team Design Architects
  • Interior Designer

    AXIS Design (Units, Common areas)
  • Area

    1200000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

AD Classics: Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM

01:00 - 1 June, 2010
AD Classics: Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM

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  • Architects

  • Location

    233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Bruce Graham from Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
  • Structural Engineer

    Fazlur R. Khan from Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
  • References

  • Project Year


Midtown Skyscrapper / Christian de Portzamparc

12:00 - 27 May, 2010

Being awarded the Pritzker means you’ve hit it big. Having that ribbon placed around your neck proves you’re top dog in the architecture world and you’ve practically become a household name….doesn’t it? While that may seem that case for Gehry and Hadid, even Piano and Meier, the Pritzker’s seventeenth honoree, (France’s first laureate, in fact) Christian de Portzamparc sometimes feels forgotten.

AD Classics: Lever House / SOM

01:00 - 26 May, 2010
AD Classics: Lever House / SOM

AD Classics: Lever House / SOM Courtesy of SOM © Columbia University Courtesy of SOM + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
  • References

    Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, Columbia University
  • Area

    289584.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

In Progress: Mosfilmovskaya / Sergey Skuratov Architects

00:00 - 24 May, 2010
In Progress: Mosfilmovskaya / Sergey Skuratov Architects, © Yuri PALMIN

© Yuri PALMIN © Yuri PALMIN © Yuri PALMIN © Yuri PALMIN + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, город Москва, Russia
  • Category

  • Project Team

    S.Skuratov, S.Nekrasov, J.Кovaleva, I.Ilyin, P.Кarpovsky, А.Nigmatulin
  • Structures

    I. Shipetin`s Design Bureau
  • Service & Engineering Systems

    Alexej Kolubkov
  • Project Area

    220,715 sqm
  • Area

    20780.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Edgar Street Towers / Iwamoto Scott

14:00 - 13 May, 2010
© IwamotoScott
© IwamotoScott

San Francisco based IwamotoScott sent us their latest tower development produced for the Greenwich South design study led by Architecture Research Office, Beyer Blinder Belle and Architects & Planners and OPEN. Contributing architects, artists and designers included Coen + Partners, DeWitt Godfrey, IwamotoScott Architecture, Jorge Colmbo, Lewis.Tsuramaki.Lewis Architects, Morphosis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Transolar Climate Engineering and WORKac.

AD Classics: 860-880 Lake Shore Drive / Mies van der Rohe

00:00 - 11 May, 2010
AD Classics: 860-880 Lake Shore Drive / Mies van der Rohe, © Hagen Stier
© Hagen Stier

© Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier + 10