HEKKTA’s Property Portal – London

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have revealed their plans for a cheesegrater lookalike building, just next door. It will be at 100 Leadenhall Street standing at 263 metres, which is 38 metres higher than it’s neighbour. It will be largely offices and shopping space and SOM have said they will learn from others mistakes so that their building does not overshadow – or produce a solar glare.

SOM Copycat Skyscraper Leadenhall - London

SOM Copycat Skyscraper Leadenhall – London

The new plans for the £108 million RCA campus designed by Herzog & de Meuron have been revealed. The campus, right on our doorstep in Battersea, is a 15,000-square-metre development in addition to it’s main campus in Kensington and is one of a few projects the architecture firm are working on in the area, such as the new Chelsea stadium.

Herzog de Meuron - RCA - London

Herzog de Meuron – RCA – London

A new 20-storey hotel tower in Paddington has been granted planning permission and will be one of many developments going ahead in the capital over the next year, discrediting claims of low confidence in investors. The architecture studio Carmody Groarke designed it for developer British Land with plans for the basement level to be utilised by the new Crossrail station opening in Paddington for the Elizabeth line opening in 2018.

Five months on from the Grenfell tragedy, the government admits that the majority of the victims are still living in ’emergency accomodation’ such as hotels. This coincides with the extraordinary claims made by Elizabeth Campbell, the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC), that the council is not responsible for residents’ safety.

UNStudio‘s stunning Canaletto Tower near Shoreditch aims to create neighbourhoods in the sky and adapted the design to “emphasise its residential character”. The bands surrounding the building provide privacy from other residents while keeping the brilliant views of the city. A £13.5 million penthouse sits on the top two floors with it’s own roof.that occupies the two uppermost floors and features its own private roof deck.

Caneletto Penthouse - London

Caneletto Penthouse – London

House prices rising at fastest rate since start of year, largely due to the lack of supply.

Architect and Design Week Mexico director Emilio Cabrero says that the reconstruction of Mexico City after the devastating earthquake needs urgent regulation to prevent developers destroying the history, culture and character of the neighbourhoods.

New York City’s NoMad district is set to get a new 152 metre skyscraper designed by NY firm Morris Adjmi Architects. The building was designed to combine luxury with its more historic surroundings, such as the Flatiron Building. The six columns that cross at the top were designed to imitate a cathedral. The tower is set to be completed in 2019 and units are on sale now.