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And they’ve set up their very own embassy in inner city Sydney! The new embassy was designed by LAVA, with partners Will O'Rourke and The Glue Society, as a fusion of a whale, a rocket ...

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Plinthos Pavilion / by mab architects

The Plinthos Pavilion is built using 21816 clay bricks to make a continuous floor and walls. Usually hidden perforated sides of the bricks are exposed thus creating permeable surface.

Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center, Taiwan / by MADE IN

Situated in the taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, the project proposes a responsible urbanism based on the heterogeneity of the program, on the urban porosity and on the adaptability to the different situations and events.

Triangular House, Ecuador / by WE Architecture

The starting point of the project was to create a house around a patio as we know it from a lot of colonial style housing. By triangulating the house we minimized the distances from 1 ...

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Viewpoint Emerging Dining, Chile / by Javier Rodríguez Acevedo

The project was built using wood waste bins, impregnated poles, raschel mesh, river rocks, and wire recycling. It seeks no more than resolve a request from the rural, through the material and the ...

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Category: Towers / Skyscrapers

Wind Tower 2016 / by Peter Stasek architect

idea and concept by Peter Stasek architect
Simon Wagner – visualization


The global climate change leaves visible traces in the environment which sometimes emerge in the form of scars or devastation or simply represent the disappearance of something that has always been present. Humans struggle against this largely self-inflicted new world order and continuously try to slow this process down. The ever-shrinking glaciers in the high mountains are covered with awnings during summer and the regions which are endangered by sea flooding are equipped with new ramparts and sluices in order to protect the coast. Just as the tsunamis, the hurricanes transform the man-made environment in large stretches of land into a mishmash at one go, which makes it hard to guess what kind of function its components had to fulfill in the past. A new kind of aesthetics defined by chaos.

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The program challenges participants to design a NEW Urban Vertical Farm and Botanical Gardens Skyscraper in Seoul City that takes into today’s ever-increasing urban growth, consumption in populated cities.

The design should be visually and aesthetically engaging and investigates the possibilities for urban Vertical farming communities and maximise the positive impact of Vertical Farming and be an acceptable addition to the Seoul City Skyline.

It should also respond directly to the issue of space and population density in Seoul city. And also address the social, environmental, cultural and economic issues and concerns of the ever-increasing urban growth.

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Phoenix Observation Tower, Arizona / by BIG

BIG is commissioned by Novawest to design a 420 ft tall mixed-use observation tower to serve as a symbol for the city of Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix Observation Tower, Arizona / by BIG

Located in downtown Phoenix, the 70,000 sf Observation Tower shall add a significant structure to the Phoenix skyline from which to enjoy the city’s spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and dramatic sunsets. Phoenix-based developer Novawest, commissioned the team to create a destination event to provide tourists and citizens of Phoenix alike the chance to enjoy the unique features of the Valley of the Sun.

“This is the right place and the right time for a signature project for downtown Phoenix and we knew the design needed to be something extraordinary. BIG has delivered something exceptional, blending form and function in a way that will change the local skyline forever and will give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Brian Stowell, Novawest.

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Twisting Towers in South Florida, USA

BIG + Raymond Jungles + Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates + Esrawe + Desimone + HNGS, transform the Coconut Grove Waterfront with twisting towers in South Florida, USA.

The Grove at Grand Bay residences, located on the former site of the Grand Bay Hotel and just minutes from key areas including the airport, downtown Miami and Coral Gables shall leave an imprint on the South Bayshore Drive community, redefining luxury and breathing new life into Coconut Grove for decades to come. Developed by Terra Group, Miami’s leading real-estate development company, the construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012, completing end of 2014. Upon completion, the project seeks LEED Certification Silver designation, the first such structure in Coconut Grove.

WAF 2012 Winner ‘Hotel and Leisure’ : Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden / by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

The Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden, designed by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, has won the hotel category. The judges praised the high level of ambiition which resulted in a solution that succeeded in urban terms and was also carried through to the guest experience. It was, they said, ‘refreshingly original in a genre where corporate hospitality interiors predominate’.

ZHA’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Topping-out

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University held the topping-out ceremony for the Jockey Club Innovation Tower on 24 September. On completion, Innovation Tower will be home to PolyU School of Design (SD) and the newly established Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Chairman Mr T Brian Stevenson; PolyU Council Chairman Ms Marjorie Yang Mun-tak; former Council Chairman Mr Victor Lo; PolyU President Professor Timothy W. Tong and Dean of SD Professor Cees de Bont officiated at the ceremony.

HA Tower in Tokyo / by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

HA Tower in Tokyo / by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

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After decades of government-backed de-centralization urban life is again being promoted in Tokyo, and residential mid-rise and high-rise towers have as a consequence begun to populate the city in large numbers. Collectively the additions form a new normal urban typology that embraces height but unexpectedly denies the surrounding urban landscape in favor of an interior life. Not surprisingly a side effect of this approach is the lack of livable outdoor space in the city centre.

New York Hotel Tower & Sky Garden Skyscraper Competition

Competition Title: New York Hotel Tower & Sky Garden Skyscraper Competition

AIM: The aim of this competition is to create an investigation into the design and construction ideas of high-rise or very tall architecture and the dynamic communities within and around them with attention to aesthetics, technology, material, flexibility, adaptability and sustainability at its core.

PROJECT: This international ideas competition challenges participants to design a NEW Hotel Tower and Sky Garden Skyscraper in New York, USA. The design should create a new iconic skyscraper in the city of skyscrapers that is New York.

– Architects
– Graduate Architects
– Architecture Students
– Team (Architects, Graduate Architect, Architecture Students)
– Inter-Disciplinary Teams (engineers, designers in-conjunction with an architect).

Every entrant shall be required to pay an entry fee as follows:
– Special Registration: $80 US from 1st August 12:00 (GMT) to 19th August 2012 11:59 (GMT)
– Early Registration: $100 US from 19th August 12:00 (GMT) to 19th September 2012 11:59 (GMT)
– Standard Registration: $120 US from 19th September 12:00 (GMT) to 19th October 2012 11:59 (GMT)
– Late Registration: $150 US from 19th October 12:00 (GMT) to 19th November 2012 11:59 (GMT)

30th November 2012 ————- Closing Date for Submissions

14th December 2012 ————- Official Result Announcement / Publication

Winning project entry will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000.00 as follows:
3rd Prize – US$ 1,000 (ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS)

Joining the winners: 10 Special Mentions