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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:19 AM   #1
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New tallest skyscraper to be built in London?

I find it hard to believe myself:

http://www.ajplus.co.uk/

Does this mean built in the UK or elsewhere?

Tallest skyscraper in the world, or just a new tallest for the UK?

Well guys?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:23 AM   #2
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Could you post the article please? I dont have membership...
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:23 AM   #3
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dude calm down...you found out about 20 mins ago and already you're going balistic,
you've already created a thread and posted about it in 3 others....
have you even been able to read the article yet?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:24 AM   #4
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God, one sentence on a website and you go mad.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:30 AM   #5
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Yeah, even if it were true to be a WTB.... it'd have to surpass 750m at least. Something that size in London would look crap. I wouldn't want it.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:54 AM   #6
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Put it his way, this website is very highly regarded with construction news.

If its true - even if its only 400m - I would be very happy. but a 750m+ tower in London, I dont care what you say. It would look and be a spectacular feet considering the city has never been considered highrise.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:59 AM   #7
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But still, I think Richard Rogers could have something to do with it in foriegn soil e.g DUBAI
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:08 AM   #8
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"London office to smash skyscraper height record"

"A British practice is set to amaze the international architectural com..."

this only means, a british architect is designing a skysraper. it neither says where the location is, nor what height record will be smashed...
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:09 AM   #9
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Can anyone post the article? I'm too lazy to sign up.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:10 AM   #10
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Even if this skyscraper were built in London (unlikely), it is surrounded by nothing tall at all.

At least if Dubai wanted to build 700m the towers surrounding it would be more than half the size, unlike in London.

Anyway, it must be a London firm designing it for elsewhere
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:13 AM   #11
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I really hope we don't get a soaring 1000m "thing" in London.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:14 AM   #12
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Even if this skyscraper were built in London (unlikely), it is surrounded by nothing tall at all.

At least if Dubai wanted to build 700m the towers surrounding it would be more than half the size, unlike in London.

Anyway, it must be a London firm designing it for elsewhere
i don't remeber where i read it but the dubai forummers said that wilkinson eyre was designing a big project in dubai,maybe its that?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:21 AM   #13
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The tower is planned at 1km high and is located in Kuwait. It is to be designed by British Architectural firm Eric Kuhne & Associates. Here is the article:

LONDON OFFICE TO SMASH RECORD

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A British practice is set to amaze the international architectural community by unveiling plans for the world's tallest building, the AJ can exclusively reveal.

London-based Eric Kuhne & Associates is in secret highlevel talks with senior Kuwaiti government officials about plans for a tower over 1km high in the Middle Eastern country.

The next highest building in the pipeline is the Burj Dubai, SOM's tower, which is currently under construction.

Its height is a closely guarded secret, but it is thought it will be between 700m and 800m when completed in 2008.

According to Kuhne, his 1,001m-tall tower will form the centrepiece of the new Madinat al Hareer, which translates as 'City of Silk', forming a 'surrogate capital for the Middle East' to house 700,000 people. The architect claims constructing the city – including four ports – would cost US

150 billion (£86 billion) and take 25 years.

The tower would blow apart current world records.

The tallest building is currently Taipei 101 in Taiwan, a relatively meagre 509m.

Details of the designs of Kuhne's building are shrouded in secrecy, but the AJ has learned that it will take literal inspiration from the Arabic vernacular, and will 'operate on the principle of seven vertical villages stretching into the sky'.

Assuming its floors are a standard 4m high, the building would have some 250 storeys.

The concept for the new city, Kuhne told the government decision-makers, will combine Arabic philosophy, culture and politics for the first time, to attract interest from across the region. It is hoped that the proposals, when complete, will enable Kuwait to bid for the Olympic Games.

Kuhne, the designer of the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent – the largest shopping centre in Europe – is known to like excessive projects. His £350 million proposals for three towers in Jersey attracted local opposition for being 'vastly out of scale' with their surroundings ( ajplus 18.08.05).

Arup director Bob Lang said: 'The issues with buildings of this height now are the same as they were at the turn of the last century – how you move people up and down and how strong your materials are. If these criteria are fulfilled then there's no reason why you can't build super-high.'
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:23 AM   #14
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ok,middle east cities are really booming these days..i wish we had oil,lol
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:26 AM   #15
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$150 billion?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:46 AM   #16
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Whaaaaaat?????

The burj dubai is costing $800,000 (just the tower, not the whole complex) so with this money you could build the burj almost 200 times over

I'm thinking this could be a hoax, the same as mountain city, bubble city and chess city were for Dubai.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:47 AM   #17
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Well that's the cost for building the "city." We'll see...
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:48 AM   #18
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Whaaaaaat?????

The burj dubai is costing $800,000 (just the tower, not the whole complex) so with this money you could build the burj almost 200 times over

I'm thinking this could be a hoax, the same as mountain city, bubble city and chess city were for Dubai.
burj dubai costs $ 800,000 ?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:52 AM   #19
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Somebody please close this ridiculous thread.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 05:18 AM   #20
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