Kohn Pedersen Fox plays Jenga with this Madison Avenue building, pulling mass away and stacking it on top

Architecture, East, News, Skyscrapers
Thursday, February 4, 2016
390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

It’s addition by subtraction on Madison Avenue, where Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is playing real-life Jenga with a 24-story office building between East 46th and 47th streets in Midtown Manhattan.

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Renzo Piano’s embattled “Paddington Pole” tower heads back to the drawing board

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Those who campaigned against Renzo Piano‘s cylindrical skyscraper in Paddington, London,  are celebrating a victory now that plans for the tower have been withdrawn from planning. The tower, dubbed the “Paddington Pole,” was set to top out 834 feet (72 floors) and rub shoulders with the Cheesegrater (The Leadenhall Building by Richard Rogers).

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In a race to the top, Perkins Eastman breaks ground on New Jersey’s tallest building

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

99 Hudson is the tallest building in this rendering and will be the tallest building in New Jersey. (Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

One of Jersey City‘s selling points is better views of the Manhattan skyline than from Manhattan itself. From the New York shores, its plain to see that Jersey City has amassed an impressive collection of skyscrapers, too. Last week, Perkins Eastman, developer China Overseas America, and city officials officially broke ground on 99 Hudson, a 79 story condominium tower that is set to be New Jersey‘s tallest building.

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Chicago’s Willis Tower falls off top ten list of tallest buildings in world

Chicago in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

The former tallest building in the world, now 11th, the Willis Tower in Chicago. (Monika Thorpe/Flickr)

The Willis Tower (formerly known as, and still referred to by locals as, the Sears Tower) has been bumped from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) top ten tallest buildings in the world list with the completion of the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.

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Downtown Toronto tower gets rooftop hockey rink

International, Other, Skyscrapers
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Molson Hockey Rink

Molson’s maple leaf logo adorns the newly finished half-scale ice rink on the roof of a 32-story tower in downtown Toronto. (Courtesy Molson Canadian)

Molson Coors, the Canada-based beer brewing company has completed the construction of an hockey rink on top of a 32-story building in downtown Toronto as part of their #anythingforhockey campaign.

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Federal Aviation Administration clips the wings of this 102-story skyscraper proposed in Seattle

A massing of the proposed 4/C Tower - Option C (LMN / Seattle.gov)

A massing of the proposed 4/C Tower – Option C (LMN / Seattle.gov)

This past fall, a Reddit post leaked a Seattle design proposal draft with massings of what could have been the tallest tower on the West coast. The images depicted a 102-story tower standing 99 feet higher than the current record holder, the 1,018-foot-tall U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.

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Fire that engulfs Dubai skyscraper raises questions about safety of exterior cladding practices

(Christian van Elven/Flickr)

The tower before the fire. (Christian van Elven/Flickr)

A raging fire that consumed a luxury skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates on New Year’s Eve is raising concerns about the safety of a number of ultra-high towers that have come to define contemporary Dubai.

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With lawsuits settled, TEN Arquitectos’ Mexican Museum moves forward in San Francisco

Architecture, Development, News, Skyscrapers, West
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Enrique Norten's Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Enrique Norten’s Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Lawsuits stalling construction of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum and 706 Mission Street high-rise have been settled. Earlier this year AN reported that the museum designed by Mexico City–based TEN Arquitectos and housed in the first four floors of a Handel Architects–designed 47-story condo tower at 706 Mission Street and the restored 1903 Aronson Building, was expected to break ground over the summer. Fights over the height of the tower held construction up of the 54,000-square-foot, $43 million facility and the $305 million, 510-foot-tall condo tower developed by Millennium Partners.

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Mark it Six: Zaha Hadid unveils another skyscraper in Australia, this time in Melbourne

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid is designing another skyscraper in Australia. Following designs for a trio of towers in Brisbane and a pair of towers in Gold Coast, the London-based architect has just submitted plans for another tower, this time in Melbourne.

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Acton Ostry Architects breaks ground on 18-story wooden residential tower


Courtesy Acton Ostry Architects

Canada’s Acton Ostry Architects, in collaboration with tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann, has begun construction on the appropriately named “Tall Wood Building,” an 18-story, 174-foot-tall residential tower for Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) upper year and graduate students. The tower will be the largest wooden residential tower, but maybe not for long: MGA’s 35-story Baobab is still awaiting approval.

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The sky’s the limit: Bjarke Ingels lands a pair of slanting towers on the High Line

(Courtesy BIG)

76 Eleventh Avenue (Courtesy BIG)

Clearly, higher ups at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are channeling beloved New York rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s approach to urban space. The firm’s recent high-profile commissions (hello, Pittsburgh!) reflect Biggie’s mantra: “the sky is the limit, and [you] know that you can have what you want, be what you want, have what you want, be what you want,” ad infinitum.

Now, Ingels is again looking skyward with a new project along New York’s High Line.

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Early renderings of SHoP’s 1,000-foot-tall Downtown Brooklyn skyscraper revealed

A preliminary rendering of the tower (Via YIMBY)

A preliminary rendering of the tower (Via YIMBY)

In August, AN speculated that a super skinny, supertall tower was coming to Brooklyn. Now, real estate watchblog YIMBY has uncovered a design by SHoP Architects for the 90-story, 1,000-foot-tall tower slated for Downtown Brooklyn. Read More

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