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Category: Towers / Skyscrapers

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.
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HA Tower in Tokyo / by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

HA Tower in Tokyo / by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

© Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak Architect

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.
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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.

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

REGISTRATION FEE:
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)

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

RESULT ANNOUNCEMENT / PUBLICATION
14th December 2012 ————- Official Result Announcement / Publication

PRIZES AND AWARDS
Winning project entry will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000.00 as follows:
1st Prize – US$ 3,500 (THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED US DOLLARS)
2nd Prize – US$ 1,500 (ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED US DOLLARS)
3rd Prize – US$ 1,000 (ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS)

Joining the winners: 10 Special Mentions

Website: www.superskyscrapers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/superskyscrapers

Cross # Towers in Seoul, Korea / by BIG

BIG’s residential towers in the Yongsan International Business District revitalize the Han riverfront into a new commercial and residential center for the citizens of Seoul.

CROSS # TOWERS IN SEOUL, KOREA / by BIG

Situated at the south-east edge of the Yongsan master plan designed by Studio Liebeskind for the Korean development group Dreamhub, BIG’s Cross # Towers will contribute to the developing skyline of Seoul and become a recognizable marker of the new cultural and commercial center of the city. BIG was selected to submit a design proposal for Yongsan International Business District among 19 international offices, including SOM, Dominique Perrault, REX and MVRDV.
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Beach and Howe St. in Vancouver, Canada / by BIG

The 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe mixed-use tower by BIG + Westbank + Dialog + Cobalt + PFS + Buro Happold + Glotman Simpson and local architect James Cheng marks the entry point to downtown Vancouver, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure to the Vancouver skyline.

Beach and Howe St. in Vancouver, Canada / by BIG

BIG’s proposal, named after its location on the corner of Howe & Beach next to the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver, calls for 600 residential units occupying the 49-story tower, which would become one of the city’s fourth tallest buildings. The tower is situated on a nine-story podium base offering market-rental housing with a mix of commercial and retail space. BIG was commissioned by Canada’s premier real estate developer Westbank, established in 1992, with over $10 billion of projects completed or under development, including the Shangri-La luxury hotels in Vancouver and Toronto.
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Controlled Collapsing / by David Giraldeau – Alexandre Guilbeault

Controlled Collapsing / by David Giraldeau - Alexandre Guilbeault

“Controlled Collapsing” is a project recently sumbitted to the 2012 EVOLO SCKYSCRAPER COMPETITION. Established in 2006, the annual Competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. This is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community.
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Hermitage Plaza granted Permis de Construire / by Foster + Partners

Hermitage Plaza granted Permis de Construire / by Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a public plaza at its heart. The project incorporates two 320-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline.

The result of a close collaboration with EPAD, the City of Courbevoie, Atelier de Paysage Urbain and Département de Hauts-de-Seine, the project is intended to inject life into the area east of La Défense by creating a sustainable, high-density community. The two towers accommodate a hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base.
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The Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers in Seoul / by MVRDV

Yongsan Dream Hub corporation presented today the MVRDV designed residential development of the Yongsan Business district: two connected luxury residential high-rises. A 260 meter tall tower and a 300 meter tall tower are connected in the centre by a pixelated cloud of additional program offering amenities and outside spaces with wide views. The towers with a total surface of 128,000m2 are expected to be completed in 2015.

The two towers are positioned at the entrance of the Yongsan Dreamhub project, a master plan designed by Studio Libeskind, extending the business district of the South Korean capital Seoul. The southern tower reaches a height of 260 meters with 54 floors, the northern tower 300 meters with 60 floors. Halfway, at the level of the 27th floor the cloud is positioned, a 10 floor tall pixelated volume, connecting the two towers. The cloud differentiates the project from other luxury developments, it moves the plinth upwards and makes space on ground floor level for public gardens, designed by Martha Schwartz.
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