Category Archives: Skyscrapers

Urban Hive by ARCHIUM

By : lau | 23 Apr 2014 6:53 pm | Skyscrapers

Urban Hive is a skyscraper with a white façade located on the Kang-nam Ave. in Seoul, South Korea and it was designed by the ARCHIUM practice in 2008 as a simple monolith with round holes throughout. The lobby and entrance connect it with the city and each floor has access to the city road. The designers wanted to implement advanced technologies in this project and new materials, so they designed Structural Skin which is a surface acting as the structure…

Conjoined Media Towers with Retractable Facade for Middle East by REX

By : lau | 18 Apr 2014 3:58 pm | Skyscrapers

The REX architectural practice designed these twin towers for two sister media companies in the Middle East as a conjoined headquarters with an array of retractable sunshades inspired by the Mashrabiya  pattern (we have previously seen a similar design choice for the Al Bahr Towers here). The towers are clad in stone and they are very thin with a façade that can become a blossoming shaded structure in only a few minutes. Each sunshade has a diameter of 15 meters…

Puig Tower by Rafael Moneo

By : lau | 9 Apr 2014 7:21 pm | Skyscrapers

The Puig Tower located in Barcelona, Spain was designed by the architect Rafael Moneo with a façade comprised of dark glass and white glass placed in a pattern that makes the structure stand out against the background created by the blue sky. The project is the corporate headquarters of Puig and it is one of the last high rise buildings in the “L’Hospitalet de Barcelona Europa Square” area, sharing the skyline with projects designed by architects like Toyo Ito, Jean…

New City Flower by UA Studio 7

By : lau | 19 Mar 2014 8:47 pm | Skyscrapers

Called the New City Flower, this skyscraper is located in Fushun City in the Liaoning Province of China and it was designed by the UA Studio 7 starting from an initial concept and exploring it until the arrival at the flower theme with a cylindrical body that resembles the shape of a rose bud. There are six curved sides that give the exterior shell an elegant style that evokes the rose petals while also protecting the inner core of the…

Housing Tower proposal by Tammo Prinz Architects

By : lau | 18 Mar 2014 8:08 pm | Skyscrapers

This Housing Tower is a submission designed by the practice of Tammo Prinz Architects from Germany for the housing competition in Lima, Peru offering a geometric concrete structure that is a great example of deconstructivist architecture. The tower stands on two volumes of different shapes, one square and the other a dodecahedron and there is a public plaza accessible via steps that are enclosed in a rectangular open air area that acts as an amphitheater for the project. The individual…

610 Lexington Avenue by Foster + Partners

By : lau | 7 Mar 2014 3:25 pm | Skyscrapers

The constructions began for the residential tower at 610 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York which was designed by the Foster + Partners architectural practice. The tower replaces the former YWCA building and it spreads over 61 floors that will host residential apartments. The project began in 2005 and its design wants to integrate into a setting with two older landmarks, – the SOM Lever House and the Seagram Building created in 1958 by Mies Van Der Rohe. The entrance…

DC Tower 1 by Dominique Perrault

By : lau | 1 Mar 2014 7:02 pm | Skyscrapers

The DC Tower 1 designed by the famous French architect Dominique Perrault is a part of the larger Donau City development and it is located in Vienna, Austria. The tower will be joined by another tower called “DC Tower 2” which will also be designed by Dominique Perrault and it will have 44 floors. The two towers create a landmark in the area due to their height of 250 meters and they will be the tallest buildings in the city…

The Exchange by Harry Gugger Studio

By : lau | 18 Feb 2014 4:45 pm | Skyscrapers

The Exchange is a skyscraper in Vancouver, Canada and it was designed by the Harry Gugger Studio with constructions beginning last month. The project will host a 31 floor office building that will resolve the regulations imposed on the high-rise construction while also addressing the historical context through the preservation of the façade so that it is integrated into the Stock Exchange building. The heritage conversion is the first LEED Platinum one and the structure fills the allowed volume with…

Al Bahr Towers by AEDAS

By : lau | 15 Feb 2014 1:19 pm | Skyscrapers

The Al Bahr Towers are the new headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council in the United Arab Emirates and the project was designed by the AEDAS architectural practice consisting of two towers that create a gateway and landmark structure for the area. The two towers have a height of 25 floors and the designers used an algorithmic composition that takes its inspiration from the Islamic principles of design so that they create a shape that respects the architectural tradition…

Clearpoint Tower by Milroy Perera Associates

By : lau | 12 Feb 2014 7:20 pm | Skyscrapers

The architectural practice of Milroy Perera Associates unveiled their design for the Clearpoint Tower which was created in collaboration with Maga Engineering and will be the tallest residential vertical garden in the world. Located 10 kilometers from the center of Colombo in Sri Lanka, the project will offer 164 apartments spread over 46 floors and each of them is filled with abundant vegetation so that the experience of living is distributed vertically with elements such as solar energy use, natural…

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