The rising trend of the skyscraper in cities shows no sign of slowing down, so we bring you up to date with all the biggest projects underway and those nearing completion. The architecture world was also shocked this week by the sexual harrassment claims made towards Richard Meier.
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The construction of the world’s tallest tower moves forward after it was stalled by several delays, which have been left unexplained by relevant parties. The Jeddah Tower (previously known as the Kingdom Tower) has been in construction since 2013 after plans were released in 2011. The mammoth tower in Saudi Arabia was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and, if successful, will rise over the 1,000 metre mark, overtaking the current holder of the title – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (which is 828 metres high).
Aswell as the rise of the skyscraper, there has also been an increasing amount of companies announcing zero-energy projects and Skidmore Owings and Merrill have combined the two! They have proposed a skyscraper in Paris, which promises to be one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe as it has been designed to be zero-energy. This means it creates all of the energy it needs to run. The garden skyscraper will be mostly residential apartments and each 1.5-storey, loft-style apartment will be entered from the building core via a front garden overlooked by balconies.
Plans for London’s new 263 metre high skyscraper at 100 Leadenhall Street have been submitted with hopes to begin construction in 2019. This is just one of many new skyscrapers being built in the Square Mile and we believe SOM’s sleek design for this building is one of the best yet.
The sexual harrassment claims made by five women against the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier have been exposed by the New York Times this week. The architect said he was “deeply troubled and embarrassed” and has since stepped down from his company temporarily. Cornell architecture school have also severed ties with him abandoning plans to name the department chair in his honour. Could this be another industry in which time is up?
A fall in London house prices and rising house prices in major Northern cities such as Manchester and Birmingham is causing the North-South divide to shrink.
An enormous £1.6bn estate rebuild in Clapham has been approved, which could see 2,500 new homes being built. This will double the number of homes on the estate to 4,080, with 53% of the homes being affordable housing. Included in the rebuild is a central park amongst shops and a community hub. If all goes to plan, construction could start at the end of the year, but it may take until 2031 to complete all the scheduled work as construction will be done in phases.
Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has launched a new tech start-up called UNSense that aims to develop technologies to make architecture and construction smarter. “We are living in the age of the iPhone, yet the architecture and construction industries are still in the Walkman phase,” said UNStudio co-founder Van Berkel. We’ve got smart phones, could we now have smart homes?
Halifax have claimed that mortgages are now the most afforadble since the mid 1990s, with 29% of UK homeowners’ disposable income is being eaten up by home loan payments.
Zaha Hadid Architects have been chosen to design Mumbai’s new international airport. It appears Mumbai shares London’s current issue as Mumbai’s existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport is nearing maximum capacity so the city needs another.
BIG have designed quite the theatre for Albania! The quirky bow-shaped building in Tirana will be the National Theatre of Albania and will replace the city’s existing theatre, providing three auditoriums, a rooftop amphitheatre and a public plaza.