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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


MP09 Headquarter Uniopt Pachleitner Group in Graz, Austria by GSarchitects

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Authors: Daniela Gojic, Michael Gattermeyer and Brigitte Spurej-Jammernegg

An architectonic punctuation at an exposed site of the city – a new and distinctive Entree to the city – a future oriented potential for development for the whole area.

MP09 Headquarter Uniopt Pachleitner Group

  • Architectural office: GSarchitects ZT-GmbH
  • Client: Dr. Michael Pachleitner Privatstiftung
  • Site area: 10 940 m²
  • Built up area: 17 054 m²
  • Net area: 14 438 m²
  • Project: 2006
  • Completed: 2010
  • Costs: 32.000.000


The Prahran White House in Victoria, Australia by Nervegna Reed Architecture + ph Architects

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The client, an Art Gallery director, asked for a contemporary home on a narrow inner city allotment. The house was to have two bedrooms plus an extra study that could be used for visiting artists to stay in, and was also to include a private subterranean gallery.

The Prahran White House - Photo by John Gollings

  • Architect: Nervegna Reed Architecture + ph Architects
  • Design Architect: Toby Reed
  • Project Team: Toby Reed, Anna Nervegna and Peter Hogg
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Builder: RM Building Services
  • Project size: 364m2- time to complete 12 months
  • Client: Anna Pappas
  • Design software: 3D Max, Rhino


House NL III in Leiden, Netherlands by GAAGA

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Article source – GAAGA

House NL III is designed for a private client and is located in the urban planning area “Nieuw Leyden” in the city of Leiden (The Netherlands).


  • Architects: GAAGA – Esther Stevelink en Arie Bergsma
  • Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Client: private
  • Realization: 2008 – 2010
  • Contractor casco structure: Bruijnes, Alphen aan de Rijn. The rest of the house was built by the owner himself.
  • Structural Engineering: IMD, Rotterdam
  • Installations: Bemeco Installatietechniek, Nieuw Vennep
  • Energy performance & building physics: GAAGA – Arie Bergsma
  • Photographs: Marcel van der Burg – commissioned by Häuser
  • Software used: Autocad, Artlantis


Collector’s Loft in Greenwich, New York by UNStudio

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The UNStudio design for an existing loft located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan explores the interaction between a gallery and living space. The main walls in the loft flow through the space, and together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions in which exhibition areas merge into living areas

Collector’s Loft

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Collector’s Loft
  • Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan New York, USA
  • Client: Anonymous
  • Building Area: 550 m2
  • Building Programme: Loft renovation into Apartment / Private gallery
  • Status: completed 2010
  • Photography: Iwan Baan


A Citizen-Friendly School of Administration in Wien, Austria by AllesWirdGut Architect

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The only enclosure around the new school in Embelgasse is the perimeter of the block. With its large glass surfaces, the ground floor affords an insight into everyday school life, opening the inside of the block to the street. The outward appearance of the new vocational training school is characterized by openness, transparency, and through‑views.

A Citizen-Friendly School of Administration

  • Architects: AllesWiedGut Architect
  • Project: Vocational School
  • Location: 1050 Wien, Austria
  • Client: Stadt Wien
  • Competition: 02/2011
  • Gross floor Area: 5.820 m²
  • Planning: AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH
  • Visualization of BSE:
  • Photos of LOU: Hertha Hurnaus


Lowenstein Cultural Center in Denver, Colorado by Semple Brown Design

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The prominent urban site located along East Colfax Avenue was the first anchor development for the City of Denver’s Colfax Redevelopment Plan. The idea was to create a vibrant urban center incorporating anchor tenants with a focus on Music, Books and Movies.  It was envisioned that the synergy created between the two retailers and the movie theatre would help to invigorate the neighborhood and work as a catalyst for the revitalization of East Colfax Avenue.  A cinema was originally cast to go into the vacated historic Lowenstein Theatre, but after a programmatic change the historic Theatre was renovated to for the local bookstore Tattered Cover.  This left the new building, which houses a local music venue Twist & Shout and Denver Film Center, to reinforce the urban edge of Colfax and Elizabeth streets.

South West View

  • Architects: Semple Brown Design
  • Project: Lowenstein Cultural Center
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Total Size: 92,000 square feet
  • Core & Shell Cost: $5.1 million
  • Completion: 2007


Dallas Public Library Lochwood Branch in Dallas, Texas by Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle Architects

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Bounded by a strip mall, apartment complex, and residential neighborhood (and including an existing YMCA gymnasium), the site for this new branch library presented significant contextual opportunities. The design centers on addressing each context, as well as the library’s programming needs, through directing and screening views and considering varied levels of scale.

South Apartments

  • Architects: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle Architects
  • Project: Dallas Public Library Lochwood Branch
  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Credits: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Architect & Interior Designer
  • Year: 2009
  • Area: 20,000 square-feet
  • Photo credits: Charles Davis Smith
  • Collaborators: FKP Architects, Inc., Associate Architect, M.E.P. Consulting Engineers, Inc., Mechanical/Electrical Engineers, Datum Gojer Engineers, LLC, Structural Engineer, Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc., Civil Engineer, Talley Associates, Inc., Landscape Architect, J.C. Commercial, General Contractor


One Angel Lane in City of London, UK by Fletcher Priest Architects

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

One Angel Lane, formerly known as Watermark Place, replaces Mondial House, a redundant international telephone exchange in the heart of the City of London, on a riverside site next to Cannon Street station. The site has an important place in the history of the Thames and is defined by the working river. The northern edge boundary is also the line of the Roman riverbank, and the ‘Steelyard’ under Cannon Street station was a Hanseatic trading post, the largest medieval trading post in Britain.

One Angel Lane, Image Courtesy Richard Davies

  • Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Project: One Angel Lane
  • Location: City of London, UK
  • Client: Oxford Property Group, UBS Global Asset Management, CORE
  • Size: 74,735 m ² / 800,140 ft ²
  • Date of completion: July 2009
  • Engineer: Watermans (structure and services)
  • Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine


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