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 […]

“I didn’t expect to build in Manhattan” says Álvaro Siza

In this exclusive video interview, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera discusses his first building in the US, a luxury condominium tower in New York City. Speaking to Dezeen in New York, the 86-year-old architect said that he did not imagine he would ever receive such a commission. “I didn’t expect to build in Manhattan,” he […]

MAD’s first European building nears completion in Paris

A sinuous facade of stepped terraces envelops MAD‘s UNIC apartment tower, which is nearing completion in Paris, France. Developed in collaboration with local studio Biecher Architectes, the 13-storey residential building will become MAD‘s first completed project in Europe. The block is wrapped in balconies that will be fitted with planters to double as “raised gardens” […]

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 […]

World’s tallest modular tower is now Clement Canopy in Singapore

Construction company Bouygues Bâtiment International has built Clement Canopy, a pair of 140-metre-high towers made of prefabricated concrete modules. Bouygues Bâtiment International claims the development in Singapore has set a new record for the tallest modular tower. Previously the title had been held by George Street, a 135-metre tower built in Croydon, England, by Tide […]

SOM completes double-cantilevered Manhattan Loft Gardens tower

Manhattan Loft Gardens is a 143-metre-high tower with two cantilevers designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill that overlooks London‘s 2012 Olympic Games park. Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) engineered the concrete and steel frame so that it could accommodate three sky-gardens notched into the 42-storey building. The 42-storey tower has three sky-gardens Most of the […]

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 […]

OMA completes stepped glass tower The Avery in San Francisco

Architecture firm OMA has completed its first project on America’s West Coast: a glass condo tower in San Francisco with stepped corners. The Avery is a 56-storey condominium tower located four blocks from San Francisco Bay. OMA partners Shohei Shigematsu and Jason Long designed the 600-foot-high (183-metre-high) building for developer Related, with the aim to […]

Ron Arad’s twisting ToHA tower nears completion in Tel Aviv

Ron Arad Architects has revealed a twisted tower that is narrow at the base but widens at the top, built as the first phase of the ToHA office complex in Tel Aviv. British-Israeli designer Ron Arad designed the offices to take advantage of a constricted site by expanding and rotating the 29-storey tower as it rises. […]

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 […]

CetraRuddy reveals art-deco New York tower designed for Rockefeller Group

CetraRuddy has designed a chevron-patterned tower for the developers of New York’s Rockefeller Center, which draws on the art deco architecture of the complex. Designed by local architecture firm CetraRuddy for the Rockefeller Group, the 45-storey Rose Hill tower is currently under construction in New York’s NoMad neighbourhood. Once complete, the condominium will feature a […]

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, […]

University of Stuttgart makes Urbach Tower from self-shaping wood

University of Stuttgart engineers have harnessed the natural shrinking process of wood as it loses moisture to create this world-first self-twisted tower in Germany. The university’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) built the Urbach Tower in the Rems Valley for the Remstal Garden Show. […]

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 […]

Heatherwick Studio reveals first images of Singapore tower with shell-like balconies

Heatherwick Studio has released photos of EDEN, a 20-storey concrete tower that is nearing completion in the Orchard Road neighbourhood of Singapore. Set to complete later this year, the 104.5-metre-tall building, commissioned by Swire Properties, is Heatherwick Studio‘s first residential project in Asia. Designed to “entwine nature with city apartment living”, EDEN will contain 20 luxury apartments fronted […]

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 […]

Sadfie Architects to add fourth tower to Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore

Sadfie Architects has revealed its plans to extend its Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore by adding a fourth tower. The new stand-alone tower will contain more hotel rooms and take cues from the existing glass buildings, which were completed by Sadfie Architects on Marina Bay in 2011. Alongside the tower, the studio will also design a new entertainment […]

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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