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The “Ultima” Tower, Two-mile High Sky City

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Article source: tsui design and research, inc.

Why build a two-mile high, one mile wide building? To prevent the uncontrolled blight of the natural landscape by rapacious developers and industry. At current rates the surface of the planet will be nearly totally covered with residential, commercial and apartment dwellings within the coming century. Large structures such as these bring nature upward to preserve the natural surroundings and to add natural surroundings in a controlled environment. This two-mile high, trumpet bell-shaped, tension structure is the most stable and aerodynamic shape ever conceived for a tall structure. Its upper level wall thicknesses are the same as the lower level wall thicknesses unlike other structural systems that are extremely tall. It is like a suspension cable bridge stood on end. There are 120 levels to the structure with great heights at each level. The scale of this stucture is such that the entire central district of Beijing could fit into its base. One must not think in terms of floors but, instead, imagine entire landscaped neighborhood districts with “skies” that are 30 to 50 meters high. Lakes, streams, rivers, hills and ravines comprise the soil landscape on which residential, office, commercial, retail and entertainment buildings can be built.


The "Ultima" Tower, Two-mile High Sky City

  • Architect: Tsui design and research, inc.
  • Project Owner: None
  • Location: Any densely populated urban environment
  • Date: 1991
  • Cost: $150,000,000,000.00
  • Population: 1,000,000 people
  • Exterior surface area of building: 150,000,000 square feet
  • Enclosed volume: 53,000,000,000 cubic feet
  • Square footage: 1,500,000,000
  • Total enclosed acreage: 39,000 acres
  • Elevator speed: 20 feet per second (13 miles per hour) 9 minutes and 40 seconds to reach the top floor from the ground floor.
  • Dimensions: Height–10,560 feet; Diameter at the base–6000 feet; Number of stories–500;
  • Total Square Feet: Approximately 5,000,000 square feet


Living Lab: Ab Rogers Design creates innovative concept restaurant for PizzaExpress

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Article source: ARD

In summer 2010, PizzaExpress commissioned London design agency Ab Rogers Design (ARD) to transform its Richmond restaurant into a ‘Living Lab’ combining experiential design, advanced developments in restaurant acoustics, and a reenergised approach to display and service. With an innate love of Italy and its inimitable food – not to mention the fond childhood memories of visiting his local branch of PizzaExpress with his Italian grandmother fresh in his mind – Rogers jumped at the chance.

Pizza Express Kiosk exterior view - Photograph: John Short - Image © Ab Rogers Design

  • Client: PizzaExpress
  • Design: Ab Rogers Design, in collaboration with DA. Studio –
  • Branding and Graphic DesignL Graphic Thought Facility
  • Acoustic Consultant: Sergio Luzzi, Vie En.Ro.Se
  • Mural Artist: Enzo Apicella
  • AV and Interactive Consultant: Dominic Robson
  • Lighting Consultant: Liminaires
  • Project Management: The Richard Greenwood Partnership
  • Principle Contractor: Atlas


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