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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Angular seaside tower by Gruff and MSA contains a viewing platform that moves underfoot

When visitors step inside this viewing tower on the coastline of Lincolnshire, England, an inner chamber tilts forward so the nearby beach becomes visible through a pair of aligned horizontal slots (+ slideshow). The tower was developed by London architecture studios Gruff and MSA in response to a competition organised by Lincolnshire County Council and local arts […]

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MVRDV plans skyscraper with a “curving waist” for Vienna

News: Rotterdam firm MVRDV has won a contest to design a new addition to the Vienna skyline by proposing a 110-metre tower with an “elegant, hourglass figure” that will reduce the impact of its shadow (+ slideshow). MVRDV saw off competition from architects including Dietmar Feichtinger, Dominique Perrault and Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos to win the commission for the mixed-use tower, which will […]
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Mayor pulls plug on Sou Fujimoto’s Taiwan Tower over safety and cost concerns

News: Taichung mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily halted development of Sou Fujimoto’s tree-inspired 300-metre tower for the city, which he says is “problematic” in terms of structure and safety. Total costs are reported to have increased from NT$8 billion (£166 million) to NT$15 billion (£312 million) for the Taiwan Tower – conceived as Taichung’s answer to the […]
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Herzog & de Meuron’s triangular tower rejected by Paris councillors

News: Herzog & de Meuron’s proposal for the first new skyscraper in Paris for over 40 years has been rejected by councillors in a controversial decision that has been declared invalid by the city’s Socialist Party mayor. Backed by Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s largest listed property developer, the Tour Triangle is proposed for the Porte de Versailles neighbourhood, in the […]

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OMA reveals trio of “peanut-shaped” towers for Miami’s Coconut Grove

News: OMA’s New York office has unveiled plans to build three residential towers beside the bay in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighbourhood. Practice partner Shohei Shigematsu explains the design to Dezeen in an exclusive interview (+ slideshow). Rem Koolhaas’ firm won a competition to design the Park Grove luxury residential scheme last year with a proposal for six […]

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Dubai plans to build world’s tallest twin towers

News: the massive 6 million-square-metre Dubai Creek Harbour development launched this week will include a pair of record-breaking towers, according to the developers. Developers Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have partnered to create a huge development on the Dubai waterfront, with six residential towers as well as a pair of rocket-shaped buildings they say will […]

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