Central Park Tower to become world’s tallest residential skyscraper

August 16, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

New details about the future tallest residential building on Earth have been released, along with an updated rendering showing the supertall skyscraper towering over New York City. Sales of the ultra-high-end residences at Central Park Tower are slated to commence imminently, as the structure continues to rise at 225 West 57th Street. Designed by Adrian

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Frank Lloyd Wright-designed private island asks $14.9 million

August 15, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

A private island located 47 miles north of New York City and complete with a home conceived by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is currently on the market. Yours for $14.92 million (£11.6 million), the heart-shaped Petra Island sits in the middle of Lake Mahopac – just 15 minutes from Manhattan by helicopter. On its

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals progress on Beijing skyscraper with “world’s highest atrium”

August 15, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Zaha Hadid Architects has released a series of black-and-white photographs showing construction of the vast atrium inside its 207-metre skyscraper in Beijing. The newly released photographs show the building’s twisted structural skeleton at about three quarters complete, with three of the walkways that wrap the central atrium in place. Zaha Hadid Architects report that the

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Historic England lists London cabbies’ hut and Yorkshire “hobbit’s home”

August 14, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

A London cabbies’ shelter, a turf-covered home in Yorkshire and a Royal Navy intelligence-gathering station in Durham are among five new building listings made by Historic England to mark the 70th anniversary of “The List”. A 1970s holiday home in woodland near Cornwall and a Jewish cemetery in London also make it on to The National Heritage List for England. The five new

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge officially scrapped

August 14, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

The final nail in the coffin for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge has come today, as the trust behind the project announced its closure following lack of support by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The Garden Bridge Trust, the charity set up to build and run the £200-million Garden Bridge, announced its closure and the end of the project this morning.

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Cladding passes fire safety test ordered following Grenfell Tower blaze

August 14, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

A safety test carried out on a variation of the aluminium cladding blamed for the spread of the fire at Grenfell Tower has shown the design complies with current building regulations. It is the fourth of six such fire safety tests carried out by Building Research Establishment (BRE). The UK government ordered the tests of cladding used on buildings over 18

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Helmut Jahn’s 1000M skyscraper poised to rise in Chicago

August 10, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

New renderings have been released of American-German architect Helmut Jahn’s tower for Chicago’s South Loop, as preparations for construction begin and sales of its luxury condominiums get ready to open. Due to imminently rise from a vacant lot at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the residential skyscraper dubbed 1000M will reach 832 feet (254 metres) once

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“Stunning” car park will be demolished to make way for Eric Parry-designed hotel

August 10, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

The demolition of a brutalist-era car park behind London’s Oxford Street has been approved to make way for a hotel designed by Eric Parry Architects. Westminister Council has approved the demolition of the Welbeck Street car park, which was designed by Michael Blampied and Partners in 1971 for the department store Debenhams. It will now be

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Apple Park employees revolt over having to work in open-plan offices

August 10, 2017 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Some Apple workers hate the open-plan layout of their new Foster + Partners-designed campus so much they might quit, according to reports circulating around Silicon Valley. A $5 billion (£3.8 billion) development eight years in the making, the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California began welcoming the tech giant’s employees in April. The remaining employees

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Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai

August 10, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio has revealed its own video and photographs of its tree-covered development in Shanghai, following the release of drone footage earlier this week. Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees, previously called Moganshan, is currently under construction next to the city’s M50 arts district. The huge tree-covered development design is split across two sites, connected by a narrow strip of land containing a

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Robin Hood Gardens demolition is an “act of vandalism” says Simon Smithson

August 10, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Simon Smithson, the son of the architects behind the soon-to-be-demolished Robin Hood Gardens, has attacked politicians for tampering with the heritage-listing system, to erase prime examples of the UK’s post-war architecture. An architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Smithson was a key figure in the campaign to save the brutalist landmark designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. Despite nationwide

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Liverpool gives go-ahead for towers despite UNESCO warnings

August 9, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Liverpool’s docks may lose their UNESCO World Heritage status following the approval of a pair of high-rise residential blocks facing the city’s River Mersey. Part of the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, the Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks towers by Hodder and Partners and Brock Carmichael Architects were granted approval despite ongoing concerns. Renderings of the pair of towers show

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David Chipperfield: “Brexit will isolate the UK”

August 9, 2017 Ben Hobson 0

British architect David Chipperfield describes the UK’s departure from the European Union as a “shocking loss” in our final video interview filmed at the RIBA International Conference in London. “One of the many reasons I am against Brexit is that it will isolate us,” Chipperfield says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed for the Royal

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BIG unveils plans for Cactus Towers beside new Copenhagen IKEA

August 8, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Bjarke Ingel’s firm BIG has revealed renderings of a pair of high-rise residential towers with spiky facades, which will overlook a new IKEA and hotel in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district. Named after the distinctive spiked outline created by their rotated floorplates, the Cactus Towers will stand at 60 and 80 metres tall. The corners of the slabs are shown overhanging planted

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Centre Pompidou to open Shanghai outpost in David Chipperfield’s West Bund Art Museum

August 8, 2017 Ali Morris 0

The Centre Pompidou has announced that it will open a Chinese outpost in Shanghai’s David Chipperfield-designed West Bund Art Museum in 2019. Called the Centre Pompidou Shanghai, the new gallery will be installed as part of a long-term cultural cooperation project between France and China that will start in 2019 and run until 2025. The announcement

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Open-plan offices must be rethought to prevent employees losing focus, finds Haworth

August 8, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Open-plan offices are “sabotaging” employees’ ability to focus at work, while connectivity is leaving them “paralysed” by an oversupply of information, according to research by furniture brand Haworth. In the second in a new series of articles produced in collaboration with Haworth, we look at why employees lose focus in the workplace, and how it can be avoided. Haworth’s white paper,

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UK government calls for industry input on post-Brexit immigration system

August 4, 2017 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Design bodies are consulting their members on what the UK’s immigration policy should look like post-Brexit, after the government invited business sectors to submit their views on the subject. Home secretary Amber Rudd announced at the end of last week that she was tasking the Migration Advisory Committee with gathering evidence on the impacts of

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Blaze tears through Dubai’s Torch Tower skyscraper for second time

August 4, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

A fire broke out at one of Dubai’s tallest skyscrapers in the early hours of this morning, causing the evacuation of over 600 residences and reigniting debate about the safety of materials used in high-rise buildings. Dubai Civil Defense services announced it was dealing with a fire at the 337-metre-high Torch Tower at approximately 2am local time this morning,

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MVRDV unveils plans for Sri Lankan office building with stepped terraces

August 3, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Work has begun on an office building designed by Rotterdam studio MVRDV for the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, which will feature a gridded facade based on local weaving patterns. Rising eight storeys high, the 12,000-square-metre Veranda Offices building will include a mix of office spaces, as well as a restaurant, a cafe and an events pavilion. Stepped terraces will interlock with

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Public hotel guests’ X-rated activities anger New York neighbours

August 3, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

Horny guests at New York’s newly opened hotel Public are ruffling the feathers of neighbours by leaving the curtains open while they have sex. Developed by legendary hotelier Ian Schrager and designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the 28-storey building at 215 Chrystie Street has only been open for two months. But complaints

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