HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Green Architecture

Are architects and designers doing enough to ensure our properties are green? We take a look at what projects are developing which seek to enhance our architecture’s sustainability, aswell as a quick round-up of the biggest headlines in property and architecture from the past week.

Italian architect Stefano Boeri reveals his plans to build a ‘vertical forest’ in the Chinese city of Nanjing. His designs show two towers covered in over 1,000 trees and 2,500 cascading plants. It is another in the trend of green architecture and design which seeks to work in tandem with the environment and combat climate change. It is Boeri’s third green tower or ‘vertical forest’; his other two in Milan and in Lausanne.

Nanjing Vertical Forest - Stefano Boeri - Green Architecture - Green - Green

Nanjing Vertical Forest – Stefano Boeri – Green Architecture

A new project named A Smarter City, led by The City Centre in partnership with the City of London Corporation and developer Brookfield Property Partners, has been announced which seeks innovative designs for London’s green spaces. The first competition, Smart Green Spaces, challenges entrants to create a way of enabling city workers to make better use of the green spots in the capital.

An Australian studio CplusC Architectural Workshop has proposed an extension for the Sirius building in Sydney, which is under threat of demolition.

The new skinny Manhattan skyscraper by US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, Madison Square Park Tower, is photographed as it nears completion. It will be the tallest skyscraper in the Flatiron District at 777 feet and is part of a new trend in super-slender skyscrapers in New York City. KPF stated that, “The building features a manor house-inspired, granite-clad base that fits harmoniously within the tree-lined block”.

Madison Square Park Tower - Kohn Pederson Fox - New York

Madison Square Park Tower – Kohn Pederson Fox – New York

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has expressed concern for American architecture and has asked for “fair and impartial immigration policies” in light of Trump’s recent immigration policies.

Studioshaw wins a competition in Dundee to create a sunken courtyard for racing drones and for playing virtual reality games. It will be sponsored by the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) and is part of a billion-pound regeneration of the city’s waterfront.

10 homes that have been created by architects and designers for themselves.

More student accommodation is set to be built as student specialist Unite snaps up a site in Manchester city centre for a 450-bed construction, which is another project in the £300m being spent on student accommodation by 2019.

Photographer Brad Feinknopf has taken some beautiful shots of David Adjaye’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - David Adjaye

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture – David Adjaye

It’s Palm Springs Modernism Week this week and to follow on our recent article on Tom Blachford’s brilliant Midnight Modern project, we show you eight houses that showcase Palm Springs’ modernism.

A huge ring-shaped office complex designed by British firm Foster + Partners for Apple is set to open in April this year. The enormous construction is in Cupertino, California and will be home to around 12,000 employees of the tech giant and the campus will occupy a massive 175 acres of the Santa Clara Valley.

An apartment that occupies the entire seventh floor of One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge has been listed for £55 million. The property has five bedrooms and will also have access to a 24 hour delivery service by the Mandarin Oriental hotel just next door, but it will cost you £14,000 a month. About 17 average-sized London flats could fit within the apartment, which also comes with two parking spaces. A similar space in Kensington fetched £400,000 a couple of years ago.

OMA have been announced as the designers for Melbourne’s 2017 MPavilion, an annual commission billed as Australia’s answer to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

Architecture firm Tonkin Liu have revealed their plans for a trio of tapering towers in a plaza in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. The London based firm won a competition to design the 434,000-square-metre complex named Cradle Towers in January 2016. The design and form of the skyscrapers bear a remarkable resemblance to Santiago Calatrava’s towers; part of the massive £1bn Greenwich Peninsula regeneration.

Tonkin Liu - Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou

Tonkin Liu – Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou