Plans for “pioneering” Portland wooden high-rise put on hold

Construction of a timber-framed high-rise building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District, which would have become one of the USA’s tallest wooden structures, has been postponed indefinitely. Local firm Lever Architecture designed the 130-foot (40-metre) mixed-used Framework tower to be one of the country’s first high-rises to adopt a wooden construction, employing a mix of two types of engineered wood: cross-laminated

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Gensler designs pair of triangular skyscrapers for Colombo waterfront

The Gensler-designed Sapphire Residences in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be connected by a sky bridge topped with a swimming pool, and have interiors by Philippe Starck. US architectural firm Gensler designed the skyscrapers for developer ITC Hotels. The shorter tower will be a 140-metre-tall hotel, while the taller one will reach 224 metres and will be

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Penda unveils designs for Tel Aviv tower wrapped in modular arcades

Penda has designed a residential tower in Tel Aviv, with facades made of modular archways and terraces, which aims to complement the city’s legacy of Bauhaus architecture. Vienna and Beijing-based architecture studio Penda has revealed plans for the 116-metre-high Tel Aviv Arcades, which has alternating setbacks to provide residents with sunny garden terraces or secluded private balconies.

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Sliding walls animate the facade of Fouad Samara Architects’ Modulofts apartments

Fouad Samara Architects has completed a tower in Beirut, which features huge steel panels that can slide out from reconfigurable apartments and be stored outside the building. Architect Fouad Samara is a key shareholder in the Modulofts project, which seeks to provide a new residential typology to meet the need for small and medium-sized accommodation in

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XTU Architects proposes algae-covered towers for Hangzhou

French studio XTU Architects has developed a concept for four twisting glass towers in Hangzhou, China, featuring facades covered in panels impregnated with micro-algae. The studio’s design for French Dream Towers includes its patent-pending “bio facade” technology. The concept involves introducing a layer of algae to provide natural insulation, as well as offsetting the building’s environmental

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Five “dancing” architecture projects that command an audience

Architect Bjarke Ingels is building a pair of towers in New York that he says are shaped to “dance” with each other. Here’s a look at a few other buildings designed to look as if they are performing a rhythmic routine. The XI by BIG, New York, USA Ingels’ firm BIG recently unveiled new images of

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes twisted Generali Tower in Milan

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a twisted tower that soars 170 metres above Milan, making it the third tallest building in the city. The international architecture firm’s recently completed Generali Tower is one of three skyscrapers being built at the CityLife development on the previous site of Milan’s trade fair grounds. Nicknamed Lo Storto, or, The Twisted One, Zaha Hadid Architects’

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“Vertical village” by Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel to be built in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel have won the competition to build a new mixed-use development in Paris with their design called Vertical Village. Japanese architect, Fujimoto collaborated with the two French architects to design the complex that will be built almost entirely from wood and will stand as a “new gateway” to the suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.

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Pininfarina brings “dynamism” of car design to first residential tower

Italian design studio Pininfarina has completed its first residential project, a luxury tower in São Paulo that aims to bring the “sportiness and elegance” of its car design to architecture.  The project marks a significant step into architecture for the design studio traditionally being known for its transport projects, including its revamp of the Eurostar fleet. Created for Brazilian property

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Conran and Partners unveils residential conversion of Richard Seifert’s Centre Point

Richard Seifert’s celebrated Centre Point tower in London has been restored and converted into apartments by architecture firm Conran and Partners. London-based Conran and Partners has completely overhauled the Grade-II listed white-concrete high-rise, which was completed by Seifert in 1966, at the intersection of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. The 36-storey tower previously contained offices,

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Visuals revealed of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Toronto skyscraper

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has released the first visualisations of The HUB, a skyscraper that will “hover” above a historic building in Toronto, Canada. Renders show an external steel structure supporting the building and allowing it to cantilever over the Toronto Harbour Commission Building, a six storey building erected on the site in 1917. “Our

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SOM unveils office tower with luxury amenities for Chicago

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill has revealed an 18-storey office block planned for Chicago, including a terrace that overlooks the city’s trendy West Loop neighbourhood. SOM’s The Porch is intended for Fulton Market a district in the city’s West Loop, an area immediately west of Downtown that has become known for its upcoming contemporary design and

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OMA adds white concrete gallery tower to Fondazione Prada art centre in Milan

OMA has added another building to its Fondazione Prada complex in Milan, a white concrete tower that will showcase a collection of contemporary art. Torre is the last of three new buildings that Rem Koolhaas’ firm has added to the former distillery compound where the Fondazione Prada art centre is located, in Largo Isarco, southern Milan. Koolhaas and colleagues Chris van

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CF Møller and Reiulf Ramstad unveil plans for plant-covered tower in Oslo

CF Møller Architects and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter have teamed up to design a tower at Oslo’s central station, which will have a telescopic form to facilitate plant-covered terraces. Named Nordic Light, the building will contain a concourse for travellers in its base and offices above. At 110 meters high, the tower will echo the height of

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MVRDV designs constructivist-inspired tower block for Moscow

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has won a competition to design a 78-metre tall mixed-use building with a red ceramic facade, to be a symbolic gateway to Moscow. MVRDV – which ranked at number 15 on Dezeen Hot List 2017 – was selected by developer GK Osnova to design the mixed-use complex for a prominent site in the

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World’s tallest ice tower built with the shape of a flamenco dress

A record-breaking 31-metre-high ice tower has been installed at the annual winter festival in Harbin, China, featuring a shape inspired by the flounces of a flamenco dancer’s dress. Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Summa College, both from the Netherlands, and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) worked together to build the tower for the

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Sou Fujimoto designs tower with wavy canopies and verdant balconies for new development in Nice

A tower with undulating, tree-covered canopies by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto forms part of this competition-winning €275 masterplan for a new neighbourhood in Nice, France. French firm Lambert Lénack led a team that includes architects Sou Fujimoto, Cino Zucchi, Chartier Dalix, Laisné Roussel, Anouk Matecki and Roland Carta, and landscape architect Alain Faragou, to win the competition to design the

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Stefano Boeri designs first tree-covered social-housing project

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is bringing his vertical forest model to a social-housing project in Eindhoven, to show how green homes can be provided at affordable rents. Trudo Vertical Forest is a proposal for a 19-storey building boasting the same tree-covered balconies as the celebrated Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, completed by Stefano Boeri Architetti back in 2014, and

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Dubai Frame opens amid claims of copyright infringement

The controversial Dubai Frame has opened to the public, despite an ongoing copyright dispute with architect Fernando Donis, who won a competition to design the observation tower over a decade ago. Comprising a pair of 150-metre-tall towers linked by a 93-metre-wide bridge, the Dubai Frame opened to the public in Za’abeel Park on 1 January 2018.

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Birmingham’s tallest residential skyscraper to include rooftop running track and app-controlled lifts

Glenn Howells Architects has won approval to build a 132-metre skyscraper that will be the tallest residential building in Birmingham, England, and will house over 480 hi-tech rental apartments. Called 2one2 Broad Street, the 42-storey tower will occupy a central location in the city on the site of the former nightclub Tramps on Broad Street. Renders show the

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter reveals visuals of tiered copper tower for Norway

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has revealed renderings for a copper ziggurat-like housing tower designed for the site of a former military camp in the Norwegian town of Ski Vest. The Oslo-based architects designed the tower to be wrapped with linear terraces made from copper perforated with a lace-like pattern. The top floors are shown stepped back at

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Foster + Partners staggers limestone towers to create roof terraces with sea views in Beirut

Foster + Partners has completed its first project in Lebanon, a trio of limestone-clad residential towers in downtown Beirut with views out over the Mediterranean, and a McLaren car showroom in its base. The stepped blocks are part of 3Beirut, a city centre development designed by British architecture firm Foster + Partners for Lebanese luxury property developer Sea View

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Sou Fujimoto and AWAA win Brussels tower contest

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and Belgian studio AWAA teamed up to design this mixed-use tower complex on the outskirts of Brussels, which will comprise a scooped roof and facade covered in tree-lined balconies. Sou Fujimoto and AWAA won a competition launched by property developer Unibra and construction company Thomas and Piron, to design the Delta Tower in the Auderghem municipality. Fujimoto posted a visual

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Isay Weinfeld high-rise puts Vienna UNESCO world heritage site under threat

Vienna’s historic city centre has been put on UNESCO’s danger list over plans for a high-rise development by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, which is to include luxury apartments, a hotel and skating rink. UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger highlights areas of cultural significance at risk of ruin through redevelopment. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

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MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village mimics the topography of a rocky Chinese landscape

MAD has built a cluster of housing towers in China’s Anhui province, which take their forms from smooth shores of Taiping Lake and the granite peaks of the Huangshan mountain range. Ten housing blocks make up MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village. The floorplates of each one decrease in scale towards the summit, tapering to create a peak-like formation along the

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Terraced gardens echoing paddy fields fill centre of Singapore’s Marina One

Snaking wooden walkways traverse a terraced garden planted with 700 trees at the heart of this tower development in Singapore’s Marina Bay by Ingenhoven Architects and landscape firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman. The Marina One development was designed by German studio Ingenhoven Architects and local firm A61 as a plant-covered “mountain”, comprising four high-rise blocks

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Undulating balconies to wrap 3XN’s condos on Toronto waterfront

Danish firm 3XN has won a competition to build a residential complex in Toronto, which will comprise a pair of tower peaks covered in rippling terraces based on the waves of the nearby lake. Developers Tridel and Hines organised the contest for the condominium as part of its transformation of the East Bayfront, a former industrial

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Latticed shell of SOM’s Beijing tower is based on traditional Chinese paper lanterns

The faceted exoskeleton of the tallest of these three office towers in Beijing by Skidmore Owings & Merrill is inspired by the patterns created by the folds on paper lanterns. The concertinaed external layer of the main tower of SOM’s Poly International Plaza creates a thermal envelope around office spaces, which are enclosed in a second layer of interior glazing. The

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for second Melbourne tower

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its designs for a 64-metre apartment block in Melbourne, which will feature facades covered in angular balconies and a roof topped by a pair of swimming pools.  The 19-storey tower named The Mayfair will be located on St Kilda Road, which links the district of St Kilda with the central business district

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DFA proposes tallest timber observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir

New York studio DFA has envisioned a prefabricated timber tower for New York’s Central Park that would both filter a contaminated reservoir and provide views over the city. The temporary 712-foot-tall (220-metre) Central Park Tower would sit in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the park’s area and

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Richard Meier completes Bauhaus-inspired tower in Tel Aviv

American architect Richard Meier has finished work on his first project in Israel, a residential tower covered in a “veil” of white louvres that ensure the building is in keeping with its Bauhaus-era neighbours in Tel Aviv’s White City. Richard Meier & Partners’ Rothschild Tower rises 154 metres above Rothschild Boulevard in the centre of the UNESCO-protected White City, which is renowned for its 20th-century architecture.

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Isay Weinfeld reveals irregularly stacked tower block for São Paulo

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has designed a tower for São Paulo comprising four irregularly stacked volumes fringed with greenery, which is expected to complete later this year. Construction is already underway on Weinfeld’s mixed use tower, which is positioned in the city’s Jardins area just one block from the main avenue – Avenida Paulista. It was designed for São Paulo-based real estate developer

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Grimshaw unveils Sydney office tower designed to appeal to the “millennial worker”

Grimshaw has revealed plans for an office tower overlooking Sydney harbour, which will comprise three district sections and a curving roofline that references the vaulted shells of the nearby Opera House. London-based Grimshaw designed the AU $90 million (£55 million) scheme for a plot spanning 210-220 George Street. The tower, which will take the name of the lot,

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OMA’s Park Grove towers in Miami shown in new renderings

This new set of images provides a closer look at the trio of towers designed by architecture firm OMA for Miami’s Coconut Grove. Currently under construction, the Park Grove development occupies the last open lot in the waterfront area south of Downtown Miami. It sits along Bay Shore Drive’s “wall of towers”, made up of

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals progress on Beijing skyscraper with “world’s highest atrium”

Zaha Hadid Architects has released a series of black-and-white photographs showing construction of the vast atrium inside its 207-metre skyscraper in Beijing. The newly released photographs show the building’s twisted structural skeleton at about three quarters complete, with three of the walkways that wrap the central atrium in place. Zaha Hadid Architects report that the

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Liverpool gives go-ahead for towers despite UNESCO warnings

Liverpool’s docks may lose their UNESCO World Heritage status following the approval of a pair of high-rise residential blocks facing the city’s River Mersey. Part of the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, the Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks towers by Hodder and Partners and Brock Carmichael Architects were granted approval despite ongoing concerns. Renderings of the pair of towers show

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BIG unveils plans for Cactus Towers beside new Copenhagen IKEA

Bjarke Ingel’s firm BIG has revealed renderings of a pair of high-rise residential towers with spiky facades, which will overlook a new IKEA and hotel in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district. Named after the distinctive spiked outline created by their rotated floorplates, the Cactus Towers will stand at 60 and 80 metres tall. The corners of the slabs are shown overhanging planted

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MVRDV unveils plans for Eindhoven housing with jagged grass-covered roofs

Rotterdam studio MVRDV has unveiled plans for a residential tower complex in Eindhoven, featuring spiky plant-covered roofs and greenhouses. MVRDV won a competition to design the housing in Eindhoven’s Bergen neighbourhood, which will redevelop an inner city around Deken van Someren Street. It follows yesterday’s news that the Dutch studio will build a new skyscraper in Rotterdam. The 29,000-square-metre Nieuw Bergen will reuse

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Richard Keep and Henry Goss unveil plans for Nairobi tower in rainy renderings

These foggy renderings by The Boundary forego the stereotypical blue-sky backdrop to depict a wedge-shaped tower by Richard Keep Architects and Henry Goss Architects, which has just been granted planning permission in Nairobi, Kenya. London-based Keep and Goss designed the 30-storey mixed-use Akili Tower for a spot on Upper Hill, where it will join a growing number of high-rises overlooking Uhuru Park and the

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Portland tower becomes first timber high-rise to gain planning consent in the US

A 12-storey building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District has received the go-ahead from planners, paving the way for it to become the USA’s first high-rise wooden structure. The Framework Building, designed by Lever Architecture to be built from mass timber, was approved for construction by the State of Oregon and the City of Portland this

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Jean Nouvel designs plant-covered hotel for historic district of São Paulo

Ateliers Jean Nouvel has released new renderings for its plant-covered luxury hotel adjoining a former maternity hospital in São Paulo, which will feature interiors by Philippe Starck. Nouvel’s Paris-based firm teamed up with developer Alexandre Allard of Groupe Allard to create Cidade Matarazzo – a 550,000 square-metre complex of historic buildings being regenerated in the city’s centre, including the former Filomena

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Rammed-earth tower by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten overlooks the Maas river

Earth, clay and gravel are compressed to form the walls of this observation tower designed by De Gouden Liniaal Architecten to offer views of a nature reserve spanning the Belgian-Dutch border. The rammed-earth tower designed by the Genk-based studio is located within a former gravel quarry called Negenoord, which has been transformed to form part of

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Ole Scheeren’s pixellated MahaNakhon tower photographed by Hufton + Crow

British duo Hufton + Crow visited Bangkok to capture these images of Thailand’s tallest tower, which was designed by Ole Scheeren and features modular cutaways spiralling around its facades. The 77-storey MahaNakhon tower topped out in 2015, becoming the tallest building in the Thai capital at 314 metres. As the project neared completion last year,

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MAD’s mountain-shaped tower complex nears completion in Beijing

New images by photographer Edmon Leong offer a first look at the nearly completed glass volumes of MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza – a commercial and residential complex based on rock formations in Beijing. MAD’s 120,000-square-metre complex of skyscrapers, office blocks and public spaces is located in Beijing’s central business district, which sits on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park –

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SOM reveals designs for 16-hectare “vertical village” in central Bangkok

Skidmore Owings & Merril has unveiled its vision for One Bangkok: a new district in the centre of the Thai city made up of a family skyscrapers interspersed with green spaces. One Bangkok will provide extensive residential, hotel, retail, office and public space for an estimated 60,000 people once the district is complete in 2025. The design by Chicago-based architects SOM will integrate a

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Ennead Lab proposes electric car charging tower as “the future of roadside architecture”

Towers for charging electric cars replace roadside petrol stations in this concept developed by Ennead Architects in response to emerging transportation technologies. The New York and Shanghai firm’s innovation incubator Ennead Lab was asked to develop the proposal for the site of a petrol station in the Chinese city, and devised a prototype for a future

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Herzog & de Meuron uses staggered floors to create plant-covered terraces at Beirut tower

Staggered floor plates and set-back glazing create large planted terraces around this 119-metre tower by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, which overlooks Beirut’s marina. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron designed Beirut Terraces as part of a new masterplan developing around the St Georges Hotel. This area of the Lebanese capital is gradually being regenerated following a devastating car bomb attack

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MVRDV unveils pair of stone towers for The Hague topped with “crown of terraces”

MVRDV has revealed its design for a pair of mixed-use towers in The Hague, which will feature natural stone facades that stagger into wooden outdoor spaces on top. Located in The Hague’s central business district, the Grotius towers will each include over 500 apartments, along with shops and restaurants, and parking on the lower floors. The Dutch firm designed the buildings to activate

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Supertall skyscraper hangs from orbiting asteroid in Clouds Architecture Office concept

In a bid to get around terrestrial height restrictions, Clouds Architecture Office has proposed suspending the world’s tallest skyscraper from an asteroid, leaving residents to parachute to earth. New York-based Clouds Architecture Office drew up plans for Analemma Tower to “overturn the established skyscraper typology” by building not up from the ground but down from the sky

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SOM and Squire and Partners complete tallest tower in London’s Islington

British firms Squire and Partners and SOM have completed a slender skyscraper just north of the City of London, which at 117 metres is the tallest tower in the borough of Islington. As the borough’s tallest building, the Lexicon is intended to act an icon for its location on the west side of the City Road Basin – part of the Regent Canal. Squire

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Córdoba Cultural Centre features an undulating roof that people can walk across

A twisting tower signals the presence of this cultural centre and historical archive in Spanish city Córdoba, which features a huge sloping public square on its roof. The proposal for the regeneration of a site in Córdoba’s Sarmiento Park is the result of a collaboration between architects Ivan Castaneda, Juan Salassa and Santiago Tissot of STC Arquitectos,

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Plans for Renzo Piano’s Paddington Cube put on hold

UK secretary of state Sajid Javid has halted the planning application for Renzo Piano’s contentious Paddington Cube in London, as he considers whether to call for a public inquiry. Javid – the secretary of state for communities and local government – issued Westminster City Council with an Article 31 direction to stall the planning application of Renzo Piano’s 18-storey tower. The

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Tonkin Liu reveals tapering tower complex for Zhengzhou

London-based architecture firm Tonkin Liu has revealed its plans for a family of fritted-glass skyscrapers, which will be arranged around a central plaza in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou.  Five tapering towers scoop up from a podium surrounding a central garden, taking a form not dissimilar to the recent £1 billion tower complex Santiago Calatrava designed for London’s

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing tower to feature world’s largest atrium

Construction is well underway on a 207-metre skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Architects in Beijing, which will feature a huge twisting atrium that is expected to be the world’s tallest. Located in the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport hub in southwest Beijing – the 46-storey Leeza Soho will feature a mix of

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Angular openings puncture concrete facades of Lucio Morini’s university tower

Irregular holes dotting the concrete walls of this tower at a university campus in the Argentinian city of Cordoba frame views of the surrounding landscape from the workshops within. Architect Lucio Morini’s studio was responsible for overseeing the latest phase of a masterplan for the Universidad Siglo 21. The Experimenta 21 tower introduces a strong vertical element to the campus,

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Giles Miller and Forbes Massie imagine towering monument with walls of offset bricks

Designer Giles Miller has worked with visualiser Forbes Massie to draw up designs for a huge monument with a cross-shaped plan and textured brick walls. Miller and Massie’s 14-storey Monument is designed to be completely hollow, allowing visitors to inhabit it. Working alongside structural engineers from Arup, Miller’s studio took on the conceptual project to “push our creative discipline as composers of materials to

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Rogers Stirk Harbour completes skyscraper trio on Sydney’s Barangaroo waterfront

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed its International Towers project, a trio of harbourside skyscrapers that form the centrepiece of Sydney’s new Barangaroo development. Set on a stretch of formerly disused waterfront near the city’s central business district, the three skyscrapers provide a new financial services hub for Barangaroo. Each of RSHP’s towers are divided up into three stacked sections.

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Edouard François creates plant-covered housing block to disperse seeds across Paris

Plants grow up the exterior of this green apartment tower in Paris, France, which was designed by local firm Maison Edouard François to spread seeds across the city. Maison Edouard François designed the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity to show that high-rise structures can be used to create environmentally friendly cities with plenty of plant and animal life. Benefitting from an exemption to the

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen uses octagonal drums to build skinny tower

There is only enough room for one person inside this tall skinny pavilion that Chilean studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen has built in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen stacked up 10 octagonal drums to build the wooden tower – hence the name, Deci Pavilion. In keeping, the seven-metre-tall structure

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Stockholm pylons converted into “picnic towers” in plans by architect Anders Berensson

Swedish architect Anders Berensson has unveiled conceptual plans to convert a pair of disused electricity pylons into observation towers in Stockholm’s Norra Djurgården national park. Named Power Tower, the project aims to make use of two of 12 disused electricity pylons in the city-centre park. Anders Berensson Architects was commissioned by the Royal Court of Sweden, More

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“World’s tallest moving observation tower” filmed by drones ahead of opening this week

With the Marks Barfield-designed i360 in Brighton set to open to the public this week, drones have shot new footage of the structure billed the “world’s tallest moving observation tower” (+ movie). The British Airways i360 tower comprises a giant glass-and-steel doughnut that moves up and down a 162-metre-high pole, offering views of up to 42 kilometres in all More

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Trapezoidal glass panels create prismatic facades for SOM’s Beijing skyscraper

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has completed a 55-storey tower in Beijing with exterior glass panels that function as prisms, capturing and refracting daylight (+ slideshow). The mixed-use tower, called the Beijing Greenland Center, is located in the Dawangjing business district and sits halfway between the city’s historic core and international airport. Rectangular in plan, the More

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ODA designs trio of irregularly stacked towers for Williamsburg waterfront

Architecture firm ODA New York has conceived three glass towers for Brooklyn that feature setbacks and protrusions to ensure tenants are afforded expansive views. Named after its address, 420 Kent, the residential project is rising in the Williamsburg neighbourhood, on a former industrial site just south of the historic Williamsburg Bridge. Construction began in December, More

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Rafael Moneo designs luxury condo towers for the Miami waterfront

Rafael Moneo, the 1996 Pritzker Prize winner, has been tapped to design his first Miami project: a pair of upscale residential towers intended to revitalise the once-famous Jockey Club. Called the Apeiron – which means “limitless” in Greek – the towers are designed by the Spanish architect to be built in the ageing Jockey Club complex, located More

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Jean Paul Viguier selected ahead of Sou Fujimoto for timber-framed tower complex in Bordeaux

French architect Jean Paul Viguier has won a competition to design a new housing and office complex in Bordeaux, proposing a trio of timber-framed towers that will be among the tallest of their kind in the world. Called Hyperion, Jean Paul Viguier’s design was selected ahead of leading firms – including a Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel team – for More

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Carlo Ratti designs mile-high observation tower with a park on top

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled plans to build a mile-high observation tower, envisioned as a vertical alternative to New York’s Central Park. Measuring 1,609 metres high, the tower would be almost double the height of the world’s tallest building – the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa. It would be covered in plants, and would feature a vertiginous viewing platform. “Imagine you take More

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Stefano Boeri unveils plans for “vertical forest” tower in Switzerland

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has revealed designs for a plant-covered 36-storey tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, continuing the “vertical forest” concept he trialled with a pair of towers in Milan (+ slideshow). According to Boeri, the building in the Chavannes-Près-Renens district of the city will be the first tower in the world to be covered with evergreen trees. The predominantly residential 117-metre-tall building will […]

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Daniel Libeskind gets green light for pyramid-shaped skyscraper in Jerusalem

Studio Libeskind has won planning permission to build a 105-metre-high pointed skyscraper in the centre of Jerusalem – set to become the city’s second-tallest building. Called the Pyramid Tower, the 26-storey, mixed-use building will be constructed next to the Mahane Yehuda market – commonly called “The Shuk” – in the centre of the Israeli city. With a […]

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Paris’ tallest building in over 40 years is a housing block clad with gold and silver metal

These two metal-clad towers featuring stepped forms and angular balconies were designed to prove that, after years of skyscraper restrictions in Paris, height is no longer taboo (+ slideshow). The 50-metre-high housing scheme was completed by Paris-based architects Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Nice studio Comte Vollenweider Architectes, and claims to be the tallest structure completed […]

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Belly of the Beast is a hillside folly with a scruffy coat made from old tyres

Scraps of rubber tyres create a shaggy coat around this narrow tower created by architecture students Matt Ritani and Declan Burn on a countryside sculpture trail in New Zealand. Named Belly of the Beast, the 12-metre-high structure was the winning entry in the inaugural Brick Bay Folly contest, which asked students and young architects to propose […]

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