London introduces guidance to protect cyclists from wind tunnels created by skyscrapers

The City of London has introduced a set of guidelines for proposed developments to protect pedestrians and cyclists from wind tunnels created by the increasing number of skyscrapers. Described by the City of London Corporation as the “UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines”, the rules will require proposed buildings over 25-metres high to undergo strict wind-testing […]

Filtration Skyscrapers in the oceans could “solve environmental and energy problems” around the world

Architectural designer and visualiser Honglin Li has proposed deploying floating high-rise waste-to-energy plants fuelled by plastic waste to clean up the oceans while generating electricity. The sci-fi proposal, called Filtration Skyscraper, imagines placing unmanned towers on abandoned oil rigs in parts of the oceans where plastic waste accumulates. Sophisticated machinery in the conceptual towers would […]

“What bothers many people is the sense of an alien culture”

The outrage over New York’s Hudson Yards is not really about ugly glass towers or bad urbanism – although it features both – but an unspoken disquiet that foreign ideas have overtaken a chunk of Manhattan, argues Aaron Betsky. What is wrong with glass skyscrapers? New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now running […]

Generali Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects

Generali Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects © Hufton+Crow + 41 Architects Zaha Hadid Architects Location Milan, Italy Category Sustainability Architects Zaha Hadid Architects Design Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher Project Team Shahd Abdelmoneim, Santiago F. Achury, Marco Amoroso, Agata Banaszek, Gianluca Barone, Cristina Capanna, Alessandra Catello, Sara Criscenti, Kyle Dunnington, Alexandra Fisher, H. Goswin Rothenthal, Marco […]

Foster + Partners Tulip tower plans nipped in the bud by mayor of London

Plans for The Tulip, a 305.3-metre-high viewing tower designed by Foster + Partners, have been rejected by London‘s mayor Sadiq Khan. Khan rejected the proposal on the grounds that it would provide “very limited public benefit” to the City of London and that it was not the “world class architecture that would be required to justify its […]

Residential Tower 28 / Hill West Architects

Save this picture! © Alexander Severin + 16 Architects Hill West Architects Location 42-12 28th Street, Long Island City, New York 11101, United States Category Residential Lead Architects Hill West Architects Design Team Whitehall Interiors Area 496400.0 ft2 Project Year 2017 Photographs Alexander Severin, Tim Williams Manufacturers Loading… Clients Heatherwood Communities Engineering Cosentini Assocaites Sound […]

Piero Lissoni-designed residences to feature in Vancouver’s new Oakridge community

Canadian firm Henriquez Partners Architects has designed 10 tree-topped towers and a sprawling park to form a new mixed-use development on a suburban parcel of Vancouver. Developers Westbank enlisted Henriquez Partners Architects to transform the site of a shopping mall into the new 4.5 million-square-foot (420,000-square-metre) community. Henriquez Partners Architects has designed the new community […]

Pelli Clarke Pelli unveils folded glass One Congress tower in Boston

Pelli Clarke Pelli has revealed plans to build an office tower in Boston with a folded glass facade that resembles a “dramatic theatrical curtain”. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Connecticut firm behind San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower, the building is set to rise 611 feet (186m metres) and feature a curved glass shell that […]

Balconies branch out from Sou Fujimoto’s tree-like tower in Montpellier

Balconies fan out like leaves from the mixed-use L’Arbre Blanc tower, which Sou Fujimoto has completed in Montpellier with Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel and OXO Architectes. Modelled on the shape of a tree, the curved 17-storey building contains 113 apartments with cantilevering balconies, alongside publicly accessible facilities on the ground floor and rooftop. This layout […]

World’s first 360-degree infinity pool proposed for London skyline

Compass Pools has unveiled a concept for a four-sided infinity pool atop a London skyscraper, accessed via a submarine-style door. Called Infinity London, the project is described by the swimming pool manufacturer as “only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool”. The pool is imagined atop a 220-metre-high, 55-storey skyscraper. Containing 600,000 […]

Supertall Camlica TV and Radio Tower nears completion in Istanbul

Melike Altınışık Architects‘ 369-metre-high Çamlıca TV and Radio Tower has almost completed in Istanbul, with only the engineered facade left to install. Construction began on the supertall telecommunications tower in 2011, and is due to finish later this year. When finished, it will be the highest structure above sea level in the city. With staggered, […]

Perkins+Will designs “world’s tallest hybrid wood tower” for Vancouver

Laminated wood and concrete will form the hybrid structural system of the high-rise Canada’s Earth Tower that global firm Perkins+Will has unveiled for British Columbia. The project, called Canada’s Earth Tower, is planned for a 1.3-acre (0.5-hectare) property along Eighth Avenue near Vancouver‘s Burrard Slopes neighbourhood. The site is currently occupied by a nondescript, four-storey building […]

Herzog & de Meuron’s Tour Triangle set to be built in Paris after passing final legal hurdle

The Tour Triangle, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is poised to become the first skyscraper built in central Paris since 1973, after winning a lengthy court battle. Paris’s administrative court has upheld a building permit that was issued in April 2015, rejecting two appeals that had been filled against the building. The court found that the building […]

Steven Holl reveals pair of towers connected by plant-filled bridges in Shenzhen

Steven Holl Architects has designed two glass towers linked by garden bridges, which will become the headquarters for biotech company iCarbonX in Shenzhen, China. Described by Steven Holl Architects as “living and working towers”, the development will combine a cylindrical 150-metre-high residential block with a sweeping 200-metre-high office skyscraper, intended to resemble the form of […]

Studio Gang’s spiralling Mira tower tops out in San Francisco

These new photographs capture the twisted and fragmented exterior of US firm Studio Gang’s 40-storey Mira tower, as it takes shape in San Francisco. Photos released by Mira developer Tishman Speyer capture the 400-foot-high (122-metre-high) tower, which is formed from a series of vertical twisting columns. Studio Gang’s Mira Tower has topped out in San Francisco […]

New York City mayor moves to ban glass skyscrapers as part of Green New Deal

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio plans to ban construction of glass and steel skyscrapers, in a major bid to tackle the climate-change crisis. “We’re going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming,” said the mayor in a press conference on 22 April. […]

CTBUH names San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower world’s “best tall building”

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ Salesforce Tower has won the top prize at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s annual awards for high-rise structures, beating competition from BIG and David Chipperfield. Tall buildings expert Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) gave the 1,070-feet-high (326-metre-high) tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” in its 2019 […]

MAD imagines sinuous black East 34th skyscraper to “soften” New York’s skyline

MAD has envisioned a slender, dark skyscraper twisting up beside New York‘s Empire State Building as a contrast to the harshness of the city’s supertall structures. MAD Architects has imagined the conceptual East 34th to rise among a cluster of existing high-rises in Midtown Manhattan as an “alternative vision” for the city. MAD has envisioned the skyscraper […]

US skyscrapers kill millions of birds a year, reports find

Studies have found that the bright lights and glazing of towering structures in US cities including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are causing millions of migratory birds to die each year. A study published by Cornell Lab of Ornithology this week ranked 125 US cities based on the danger they pose to birds. It found that […]

Dorte Mandrup wins approval for tallest tower in western Europe

At 320 metres high, the Bestseller Tower, designed by Danish firm Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter for the small town of Brande in Denmark, will be the tallest in western Europe. Planning permission was granted for the supertall skyscraper in March 2019, with completion scheduled for 2023. Bestseller Tower will be taller than the Shard, the 307.5-metre-high […]

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