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Jameson House in Vancouver, Canada by Foster + Partners

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

Jameson House is a new 35-storey mixed-use tower in the heart of Vancouver and includes the first residential development to be completed by the practice in North America – completed at the end of last year, already the building is now almost fully occupied. The project combines the restoration of heritage buildings with new construction: the lower level offices and shops knit with the existing streetscape to reinvigorate the downtown neighbourhood, while the apartments above face dramatic views of the bay and create a new landmark on the skyline.

Image Courtesy Nigel Young Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Jameson House
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Client: Jameson House Ventures Inc
  • Collaborating Architect: Walter Francl Architects Inc
  • Main Contractor: Bosa Properties
  • Cost: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
  • Structural Engineers: Yolles
  • Mechanical Engineers: Imec Mechanical Ltd.
  • Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.

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Angkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Buro Ole Scheeren

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Article source: Ole Scheeren

Angkasa Raya, situated in Malaysia’s capital at the intersection of Jalan Ampang and Jalan P. Ramlee, directly across the well-known Petronas Twin Towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), presents a new typology in high-rise skyscraper design that overtly expresses the inhabitation of diverse urban activities in a tropical environment and captures the vibrancy of the city’s multifaceted culture. Angkasa Raya is comprised of five distinct elements – three floating elevated tower blocks and two multi-level zones of open horizontal slabs – that are autonomous yet connected to one another in a uniquely stacked and shifting configuration of varied functional and urban typologies. Rather than competing with the Twin Towers in the form of another “twin” or blending into the surrounding context of singular towers on a podium, Angkasa Raya offers a new contemporary reading of the capital city and stands as an icon of the harmonious and dynamic balance of Malaysia’s cultural multiplicity and diversity.

Angkasa Raya by Ole Scheeren Buro-OS-04

  • Architects: Buro Ole Scheeren
  • Project: Angkasa Raya
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Spliced Towers in Guanyuan, China by AQSO arquitectos office

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: AQSO arquitectos office

High density residential complex in Guangyuan.

The project is conceived as a strong element in consonance with the surrounding hilly scene. The buildings rise over the landscape becoming a milestone, a sober and expressive landmark solving the program requirements: archive the desired plot ratio and increase the green area by minimizing the building footprint.

The Southern side of the plot has a strong residential character, blocks orientated North-South within a park where the public facilities are located. On the other hand the Northern side is conceived as an urban atmosphere where four main towers are located on top of a commercial podium, establishing a mutual relation with the rest of the city.

Exterior View

  • Architect: AQSO arquitectos office
  • Name of Projet: Spliced  Towers
  • Location: Guanyuan, China
  • Local partner: GP&D (Chongqing)
  • Engineering and consulting: LKS Ingeniería, S. Coop  (lks-global.com)
  • Ground Floor Area: 110000 sqm

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Air China Blue Sky Tower in Chengdu by KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has won the international competition entitled “Blue Sky Building Project” for the Air China headquarters in the major west Chinese city Chengdu. With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing headed by Johannes Reinsch, Managing Director of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International GmbH, saw off five other entries. The office boasts a gross surface area (GSA) of 124,000 m² and offers space for a total of 5,470 workspaces. The fact that the high-rise design should serve as a role model with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability is of major concern to the developer.

Nightview (Image Courtesy KSP Juergen Engel Architekten)

  • Architects: KSP Juergen Engel Architekten
  • Project: Air China Blue Sky Tower
  • Location: Chengdu, China
  • Developer: Air China
  • GSA: in total 124,000 m², of which 24,000 underground
  • Gross volume : 490,819 m³
  • No. of storeys : 46
  • Workspaces: approx. 5,470
  • Parking spaces: 421
  • Height of building: 180 m
  • Competition: Nov. 2011, 1st prize, result announced Dec. 2011
  • Software used: Autocad, Photoshop, Rhino, 3Dmax

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The Round Tower in Glouchestershire, England by De Matos Ryan

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: De Matos Ryan

The Round Tower is a Grade II Listed folly, which had been reduced to ruin by years of neglect and fire. Located on the crest of a hill overlooking Siddington Village, the exposed site is visually integral to the setting of this listed structure. As such the design approach maintains the open relationship with the surrounding agricultural landscape by developing a discreet and substantial underground extension to the tower.  This underground extension provides the main open plan living spaces and is lit by both a central open sunken courtyard and a lateral ‘landscape scoop’ concealing the new swimming pool and associated sun terraces from public view.

Images Courtesy Edmund Sumner

  • Architect: De Matos Ryan
  • Name of Project: The Round Tower
  • Location: Glouchestershire, England
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Main Contractor: GL50 Properties
  • Concrete Contractor: Stallard Construction
  • Completed: 2009
  • Total area: 3800sq ft inc the tower

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Mitikah Office Tower in Mexico City by Richard Meier & Partners

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: Richard Meier & Partners

The third project designed by Richard Meier & Partnersin Mexico – is revealed today.The new Mitikah Office Tower will be a state-of-the-art building in the Delegacion Benito Juarez in Mexico City.

Exterior view

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Grenelle Tower in Paris, France by Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Paris is currently reviewing its ambitions of “greatness”. However, within a country where speed is not necessarily a condition of efficiency, and where “quality of life” is elevated to “the art of living”, a purely geographic and territorial expansion based upon the American model is unfeasible.

Grenelle Tower

  • Architects: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
  • Project: Grenelle Tower
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Client: EVOLO
  • Contractors: BET Choulet
  • Cost: 300 M€ HT
  • Surface: 168 000 m² shon
  • Project: Multiactivities skyscraper

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Nebra Ark in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Holzer Kobler Architekturen

In 1999, unlicensed treasure hunters unearthed a remarkable archaeological relic: a 3,600-year-old sky disc made of bronze inlaid with gold. It depicts complex constellations and the symbol of the solar barge representing the sun’s nightly passage from west to east. An architectural competition was launched to design a public archaeological centre and an observation tower that would showcase the disc and come to symbolize the region.

Images Courtesy Jan Bitter

  • Architect: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
  • Name of Project: Nebra Ark
  • Location: Wangen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • Type: Visitor center and observation tower
  • Client: Burgenlandkreis, Kreisverwaltung
  • Year: 2007
  • Photographer: Jan Bitter
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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Housing Hatert in Nijmegen, The Netherlands by 24H architecture

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Article source: 24H architecture

In the area Hatert, on the edge of the city of Nijmegen, the housing corporations Portaal and Talis organize a great renewal operation. Most of the current housing does not comply with contemporary standards or needs a substantial make over.
For this operation the city of Nijmegen worked in cooperation with the office of Khandekar towards a masterplan in which most of the present houses are renovated or renewed. Besides this upgrading, the open areas in the neighbourhood will be filled with several new housing projects.

Image Courtesy Boris Zeisser

  • Architects: 24H architecture
  • Project: Housing Hatert
  • Location: Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Client: Portaal Nijmegen
  • Construction: Adams
  • Installation: Uticon Installatieadvies
  • Contractor: Giesbers-Wijchen Bouw BV
  • Programm: 72 appartments, health center

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Lilium Tower in Warsaw, Poland by Zaha Hadid Architect

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
More projects by Zaha Hadid

Situated at a prominent point with the city centre, Lilium Tower rises as a light, transparent and constantly surprising 260m structure amongst a cluster of distinctive tall buildings – achieving distinction both through its unique silhouette, and the application of a progressive low-energy strategy to meet extremes in local climate. Lilium Tower rises in a central Warsaw location, adjacent to the Marriott Tower and opposite the central train station.

Lilium Tower

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect
  • Project: Lilium Tower
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Completion Date: 2007 – 2012
  • Project Area: 130000m2
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Markus Planteu
  • Competition Team: Thomas Mathoy, Sophia Razzaque, Naomi Fritz, Daniel Widrig, Fulvio Wirz, Mariagrazia Lanza, Dennis Brezina, Seda Zirek
  • Structural / Services: ARUP
  • Feasibility Estimate: Davis Langdon

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