Skyscraper

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Project • By Foster + PartnersOffices

Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower revives a dream from the 1920s, when William Randolph Hearst envisaged Columbus Circle as a vibrant new quarter for media and entertainment companies in Manhattan. Hearst commissioned a six-storey Art Deco block on Eighth Avenue to house his publishing empire. When it was completed in 1928 he anticipated that the building would eventually form the base for a landmark tower, though no scheme was ever advanced. Echoing an approach developed in the Reichstag and the Great Court at the British Museum, the challenge in designing such a tower at some seventy years remove was to establish a creative dialogue between old and new. The new forty-two-storey tower provides almost one million square feet of office space. It rises above t... More

Project • By Steven Holl ArchitectsOffices

Vanke Center

Hovering over a tropical garden, this ‘horizontal skyscraper’ – as long as the Empire State Building is tall - is a hybrid building including apartments, a hotel, and offices for the headquarters for Vanke Co. ltd. A conference center, spa and parking are located under the large green, tropical landscape which is characterized by mounds containing restaurants and a 500 seat auditorium. The building appears as if it were once floating on a higher sea that has now subsided; leaving the structure propped up high on eight legs. The decision to float one large structure right under the 35-meter height limit, instead of several smaller structures each catering to a specific program, generates the largest possible green space open to the publ... More

Project • By Berrel Kräutler ArchitektenPavilions

The Ernst Koller Pavilion

An internationally successful businessman, furniture designer and film director, Ernst Koller shaped the international aluminium and metal world like no other. The Nestlé administration building in Vevey (1958), the Iraqi Central Bank in Baghdad, the Hoffman-LaRoche skyscraper, and the World Health Organisation building in Geneva are just some of his many creations. Among his most important inventions are doubleglazing (1929), integrated wood and metal windows (1937), light metal windows and facades (1955), whole-metal facades, prefabricated building, exposed building styles and minimalist skeleton building styles. The constructionist and pioneer of modern building died in his residence in Binningen (Basel Land) in 2002. The innovative s... More

Project • By BBK ArchitectenPavilions

Ernst Koller Pavillon

An internationally successful businessman, furniture designer and film director, Ernst Koller shaped the international aluminium and metal world like no other. The Nestlé administration building in Vevey (1958), the Iraqi Central Bank in Baghdad, the Hoffman-LaRoche skyscraper, and the World Health Organisation building in Geneva are just some of his many creations. Among his most important inventions are doubleglazing (1929), integrated wood and metal windows (1937), light metal windows and facades (1955), whole-metal facades, prefabricated building, exposed building styles and minimalist skeleton building styles. The constructionist and pioneer of modern building died in his residence in Binningen (Basel Land) in 2002. The innovat... More

Project • By SMAQCities

Cumulus

Oslo’s population is expected to double within the next ten years. The outer city centre Grorud is part of Oslo’s densification strategy and therefore aims at bringing in new inhabitants while consolidating the existing. Diversifying social structure comes along with the sustainability imperative – what is the public space to project from these demands? Cumulus is a proposal for Grorud that believes in the latent potentials of the site: its latent ecologies and orders, the environmental presence in outer city low density urbanism, the mix and publicness of the blunt peripheral programmes and the underlying ideas of modern light and lit dwelling manifest in the existing housing slabs of Grorud senter. Cumulus thus is a strategy to re-c... More