Architects reimagine Chicago’s Tribune Tower with abstract skyscraper models

Fifteen alternative visions for the famous 1920s Tribune Tower competition are presented as giant models at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Architects, studios and teams from around the world have contributed their abstract skyscraper designs for the Vertical City exhibition at the biennial, which opened to press today. They were asked to interpret the brief for

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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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Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 “MoMA tower” progress shown in photographs

Construction photos, released along with new renderings, show that French architect Jean Nouvel’s supertall skyscraper in Manhattan has reached the 58th floor. Rising above New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 53 West 53rd Street, the 53W53 residential tower is due to reach 1,050 feet tall once complete. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Nouvel’s design has

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Five skyscrapers set to transform Chicago’s skyline

Chicago – the birthplace of the skyscraper – is poised to host its second architecture biennial, so we’ve rounded up five of the tallest towers either approved or underway in the city. Vista Tower by Studio Gang Set to reach 1,186 feet at its highest point when it completes in 2020, local architect Jeanne Gang’s

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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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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals plans for Monroe Blocks development in downtown Detroit

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has released visuals of its first US project: a mixed-use development in Detroit, Michigan, bound by two glazed towers overlooking the city’s historic theatre district. Schmidt Hammer Lassen was commissioned for the Monroe Blocks scheme by developer Bedrock Detroit, and is working on the design with local architects Neumann Smith and engineering firm Buro Happold.

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Central Park Tower to become world’s tallest residential skyscraper

New details about the future tallest residential building on Earth have been released, along with an updated rendering showing the supertall skyscraper towering over New York City. Sales of the ultra-high-end residences at Central Park Tower are slated to commence imminently, as the structure continues to rise at 225 West 57th Street. Designed by Adrian

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Helmut Jahn’s 1000M skyscraper poised to rise in Chicago

New renderings have been released of American-German architect Helmut Jahn’s tower for Chicago’s South Loop, as preparations for construction begin and sales of its luxury condominiums get ready to open. Due to imminently rise from a vacant lot at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the residential skyscraper dubbed 1000M will reach 832 feet (254 metres) once

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Engineers propose solution for San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower

San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper has descended another inch, but engineers have come up with a potential fix. The Millennium Tower now sits 17 inches (43 centimetres) lower than when it opened in 2008 – down a further inch in the past seven months – according to local news source SFGate. The 58-storey luxury condominium tower

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LA’s tallest skyscraper opens

The Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, America’s tallest building west of the Mississippi River, has officially opened. The glass-clad skyscraper designed by local firm AC Martin is topped with a spire that takes its height to 1,099 feet (335 metres), overtaking the US Bank Tower by more than 80 feet (24 metres). Located at

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Hollwich Kushner reimagines New York’s art-deco landmarks

Architecture studio Hollwich Kushner has remodelled New York’s art-deco buildings, including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, to show what the iconic landmarks might look like if built today. Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) undertook the New(er) York Project to develop more a contemporary version of art deco – a decorative art, design and architecture style that emerged in

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Dutch firm Concrete completes tallest residential skyscraper in New Jersey

Amsterdam-based studio Concrete has completed an apartment tower across from Manhattan that features a range of unusual amenities, including a “creative lab”, and a residency program for scientists and artists. Called Jersey City Urby, the 69-storey skyscraper is located at 200 Greene Street in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan. Rising 713 feet

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Images of New York skyscraper by David Adjaye leaked

Renderings have emerged of The Wall Street Tower, a 61-storey skyscraper designed by British architect David Adjaye for Downtown Manhattan. The residential tower will be the recently knighted architect’s first skyscraper in New York City, and include 244 luxury condominiums. Adjaye designed the project for the Lightstone Group, which published the images on a dedicated website that

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Skyscraper competition proposal involves erecting towers within world’s largest trees

A conceptual scheme by a team of South Korean designers calls for inserting towers within the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoias in the western US. Called Tribute: The Monument of Giant, the visionary scheme imagines buildings constructed within the empty trunks of giant sequoias, a type of redwood tree native to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.

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Riverside office tower in Chicago by Goettsch Partners rises from sharply tapered base

US firm Goettsch Partners has completed a glass skyscraper with a compact footprint, which responds to its placement next to active train tracks and the Chicago River. Called 150 North Riverside, the commercial tower is located on a prominent waterfront site in the city’s West Loop. Rising 54 storeys, the glass-faced skyscraper sharply tapers inward

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Modular affordable housing envisioned for “abandoned” New York airspace

This conceptual scheme by designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee calls for using vacant airspace over existing New York buildings to create affordable apartments and public areas. Called Instant City: Living Air-Right, the design consists of a white, modular, grid-like structure built atop existing low-rise buildings. Renderings show the proposal above 225 West 28th

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Glass-bottomed Sky Pool suspends swimmers 500 feet above Houston

A transparent portion of a swimming pool atop a high-rise development in Houston, Texas, projects outward so brave residents can view both the skyline in front and the ground 40 storeys below. The Market Square Tower is the latest residential complex to boast a glass-bottomed pool, following proposals for London and India. A post shared

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SHoP completes “dancing” copper-clad luxury apartment towers in New York

US firm SHoP Architects has completed a pair of skyscrapers that feature copper cladding, bent silhouettes and a skybridge suspended more than 90 metres above the ground. The first tenants have moved into the American Copper Buildings, located on First Avenue and 36th Street, along Manhattan’s East River waterfront. Designed by New York-based SHoP Architects,

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Visualisation reveals how the Los Angeles skyline might look in 2030

A glimpse at the future of LA shows a growing number of skyscrapers that will spread southwest from the Downtown cluster. The rendering by New York creative agency Visualhouse shows towers set to rise in Los Angeles between now and 2030. As viewed from Griffith Park, behind the iconic observatory, the image shows the string

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ 666 Fifth Avenue skyscraper compared to glass dildo

A skyscraper proposed for Midtown Manhattan, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and developed by the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has received phallic comparisons on social media. The $12 billion plans for 666 Fifth Avenue involve replacing a 1950s office building and adding 40 floors above its previous height. The glass addition would bring the

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Oiio imagines The Big Bend skyscraper for New York as “the longest building in the world”

In response to the swathe of supertall luxury residential towers rising in New York, local studio Oiio has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that loops over to boast length rather than height. The Big Bend would be formed from a very thin structure that curves at the top and returns to the ground, creating what the

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One Bayfront Plaza by KPF set to become Miami’s joint-tallest building

International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has revealed plans for a supertall skyscraper in Miami, which will match Foster + Partners’ twin towers at the city’s maximum height limit. One Bayfront Plaza in the Downtown area will rise to 1,049 feet (320 metres) – the recently revised height restriction set by the Federal Aviation Administration,

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Renzo Piano joins roster of starchitects adding to San Francisco’s skyline

Another skyscraper is set for San Francisco’s SoMa district, this time by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The mixed-use skyscraper will rise 37 storeys at 555 Howard Street, close to the Transbay Transit Hub that is currently under construction. The surrounding South of Market (SoMa) area is also undergoing huge development, with tall buildings by Foster

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Jenga-like 56 Leonard skyscraper photographed by Hufton + Crow

The stacked-blocked form of Herzog & de Meuron’s residential tower in Tribeca, New York, is shown in these images by photographers Hufton + Crow. The Swiss architecture firm’s 60-storey skyscraper at 56 Leonard Street towers over the comparatively low-rise neighbourhood. Hufton + Crow’s photos present the building as complete from the outside, after Instagram users

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Giant slanted glass wall defines New York apartment tower by FXFOWLE

This mixed-use building by American firm FXFOWLE consists of a shard-like tower that juts out above Manhattan’s low-rise Chelsea neighbourhood. Reaching 347 feet (106 metres) in height, the hybrid building called 35XV contains an 18-storey apartment tower anchored to a six-storey base. These lower floors serve as an extension to a neighbouring high school. “The building design establishes

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BIG’s VIA 57 West skyscraper captured at sunset by Hufton + Crow

British duo Hufton + Crow have become the latest photographers to shoot BIG’s first contribution to the Manhattan skyline, capturing the building’s dramatic silhouette from across the Hudson River. The tetrahedral shape and metallic cladding of the VIA 57 West residential tower clearly stand out against neighbouring skyscrapers in Hufton + Crow’s images. BIG founder,

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SOM unveils trio of towers for Downtown Los Angeles

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill has designed three residential skyscrapers that will add to the growing Los Angeles skyline. The Olympia development will include a trio of connected high-rises, public shopping and dining spaces, and outdoor areas in LA’s South Park neighbourhood – at the junction of Olympic Boulevard and Harbor Freeway. The towers

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Studio Gang reveals tiered residential tower for St Louis

Chicago architecture firm Studio Gang has released a teaser image of a high-rise for St Louis, Missouri, made up of four-storey tiers with faceted slanted sides. The 385-foot tower will be located at 100 North Kingshighway Boulevard, at the northeast corner of the Midwestern city’s Forest Park, but simply known as One Hundred. Its distinct

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Hollwich Kushner completes Jersey City skyscraper with gridded white facades

Architects Hollwich Kushner have completed an apartment tower in New Jersey, with a rectangular form and gridded windows similar to the 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in nearby Manhattan. The skyscraper, designed in collaboration with Handel Architects, is located in Jersey City’s Journal Square business district. It is the first of three towers planned for a new mixed-use

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Foster + Partners skyscraper joins line-up at New York’s Hudson Yards

The next piece to be unveiled as part of the vast Hudson Yards development in New York is a glass office tower by architecture firm Foster + Partners. The UK studio’s 985-foot-tall skyscraper at 50 Hudson Yards will join others by KPF, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, at the site on the

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Foster-designed Oceanwide Center breaks ground in San Francisco

Work has commenced on the development set to include San Francisco’s second-tallest building, designed by UK firm Foster + Partners. The mixed-use Oceanwide Center in the city’s new Transbay neighbourhood will comprise two towers, one of which will rise 61 storeys and 910 feet (277 metres) once completed in 2021. The skyscraper will overtake the

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Eight new starchitect-designed apartment towers in Miami

As the art and design communities prepare to descend on Miami next week, here’s a recap of residential skyscrapers designed by some of the world’s most famous architects, all of which are either rising or recently completed in the city. The Towers by Foster + Partners Foster + Partners’ plans for a pair of skyscrapers to be

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World’s tallest modular high-rise by SHoP Architects opens in Brooklyn

Tenants have begun moving into 461 Dean, a New York residential building by SHoP Architects described as the world’s tallest modular tower and billed a solution to meet the high demand for urban housing. The 32-storey tower is located in central Brooklyn, at the intersection of four neighbourhoods. It sits near a major transit hub and

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Richard Meier releases more images of black tower for New York

American architect Richard Meier has followed up teasers of a black tower planned for New York’s East River with a wider set of images showing the firm’s interiors for the building. 685 First Avenue will occupy a 32,365-square-foot (3,000-square-metre) site between East 39th and 40th streets, just down the river from the iconic United Nations

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Foster + Partners unveils supertall twin towers for Miami

UK firm Foster + Partners has released plans for a pair of skyscrapers to be constructed in Brickell, Miami, which will take advantage of the city’s new height limit. The Towers by Foster + Partners will reach 1,049 feet (320 metres) – the fifth development to be approved at this recently increased figure. Building heights

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OMA reveals its first residential tower for New York

The New York office of Dutch firm OMA has proposed an apartment building with a “prismatic” corner for Manhattan. Planned for a corner plot at 121 East 22nd Street in the Grammercy Park neighbourhood, the building commissioned by Toll Brothers City Living will contain 133 residential units. The position between a quiet private park and the bustling area More

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KPF’s One Vanderbilt skyscraper for Manhattan moves forward after lawsuit dropped

Another supertall tower for Manhattan is going ahead, now that legal proceedings stalling KPF’s 1,501-foot skyscraper beside Grand Central station have been abandoned. Construction is set to commence on the 458-metre One Vanderbilt tower, which has been halted since 2015 after a lawsuit was filed by the owners of Grand Central Terminal. The company, Midtown More

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Foster + Partners reveals new images of Oceanwide Center skyscrapers for San Francisco

Architecture firm Foster + Partners has released a fresh set of renderings showing its Oceanwide Center development for San Francisco’s downtown area, which gained planning approval earlier this year (+ slideshow). The pair of glass towers forms part of the Transbay development in the city’s South of Market (SoMa) neighbourhood. The wider project also involves More

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New York’s supertall towers “damage the city fabric” says Elizabeth Diller

Diller Scofidio + Renfro co-founder Elizabeth Diller has hit out at New York’s spate of luxury skyscrapers, saying that the city is at risk of being “consumed by the dollar” (+ interview). Diller said that supertall residential towers like Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 and SHoP’s 111 West 57th Street are being developed piecemeal with no overarching More

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro completes Vagelos Education Center for Columbia University

New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed a new medical centre for Columbia University that features a vivid orange “study cascade” occupying the whole south facade (+ slideshow). The Vagelos Education Center is a 14-storey tower that encompasses classrooms, laboratories and a state-of-the-art medical simulation facility. The roughly 100,000-square-foot (10,220-square-metre) structure was built More

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Arquitectonica’s Pierce Boston tower to feature apartments aimed at young tech entrepreneurs

Sales have officially launched for apartments inside this skyscraper in Boston by New York firm Arquitectonica, amid a “boom” in the city’s luxury condo market created by its growing tech scene (+ slideshow). The Pierce Boston residential tower is currently under construction in Boston’s Fenway neighbourhood. Set to rise 30 storeys to 340 feet (104 More

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