HEKKTA looks ahead to the New Year and what exciting property and architecture 2018 is set to gift us with a little reflection on the year just gone aswell.
Have a look at Dezeen’s top 10 conceptual skyscrapers of 2017.
(featured image – Stefano Boeri’s vertical forests)
Last year appeared to be the year of the skyscraper with more skyscrapers being completed than any other year. The tallest skyscraper built was 599 metres and the annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) reveals that 144 supertalls, skyscrapers 200 metres or higher, were finished across 23 different countries. Let’s see if this trend carries on into 2018.
Gidea Park, Sydenham and Surbiton have been revealed as the London property hotspots for first time buyers in 2018. Gidea Park, on the Essex border, has had a boost because of Crossrail and experts believe this leafy suburb will soon attract a lot of attention with prices such as a 3 bedroom semi for about £400,000 and one bedroom flats going for between £220,000 and £250,000.
The new US Embassy in London has been completed. Kieran Timberlake’s project, costing £750 million, put security at the heart of the design in light of recent terror attacks but also incorporates “a visual language of openness”. Being just a stones throw away from the HEKKTA office, we shall pop down a check it out!
Sales in commercial property are tipped to exceed £50bn for the sixth year running in 2018.
A report carried out after the Grenfell Tower tradgedy has criticised fire-safety guidelines for tall buildings such as high-rises, stating they are unclear and not fit for purpose.
Architecture firms COBE and BRUT are set to give the entrance to the European Union HQ a bit of a make over after being chosen to redesign it. They will get rid of the roundabout and replace with a pedestrian plaza under a reflective donut-shaped canopy. “The roof reflects the square and the people below, creating a meeting place between nationalities, cultures, languages and genders”.
If anyone was planning to visit the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert this year, you will have the opportunity to see a really quite brilliant piece of architecture designed by Arthur Mamou-Mani…which will then get set on fire!
The design strategy collective Urban-Think Tank is bringing safe low-cost housing to the South African’s slums. They designed and built the first four prototypes alternative slum housing four years ago and this year they have added 16 more units. With SA currently experiencing a housing crisis, initiatives like this are a really fantastic way to tackle the problem and it earned thema spot on the RIBA International Prize 2018 longlist.
David Adjaye has revised his design for his first skyscraper in New York. Take a peek.
San Francisco’s Millenium Tower, which just five months ago was shown to have sunk five centimetres into the ground in just six months, has now come under more scrutiny in a report which states that the building poses a major fire threat. The movement of the building has created spaces, which in the case of a fire, would allow the flames to breathe and spread.
San Francisco supervisor Aaron Peskin has ordered the city’s Department of Building Inspection to verify the independent report stating, “The whole thing is just really disturbing and troubling”.