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A little thread to S&B forumers, who is having problems to keep up in international projects and construction updates or is to lazy to check out the rest of SkyscraperCity forums to see what is going on with the latest skyscraper and architectural projects around the world!

If you have information and renderings, please add what you know and have!

This thread have information and renderings to buildings and projects such as Burj Dubai ("The World’s Tallest Building"), New World Trade Center in New York, Shanghai World Financial Center, CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, Guangzhou Twin Towers, London Bridge Tower, Fordham Spire, International Commerce Center in Hong Kong, Dubai Waterfront (The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira, The World and Dubai Waterfront), Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, the heart of Business Bay in Dubai > Dancing Towers, Bahrain World Trade Center, Beijing Olympic Stadiums, Magic Mountains in Chongqing, Busan Lotte Tower and Marina Bay, Singapore's new skyline! Thats a little piece of what you can read, view and discuss here, enjoy!
 

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General Information
Height: 700m to 850m (Official height held as a secret)
Floors: 160 or more
Start: February 1, 2005
Completion: June 30, 2009
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Developer: EMAAR Properties

"The World’s Tallest Building" going up in Dubai, EAU. The tower will be so tall the developers want to keep the tower's height a secret all the way to its official opening schedule in December 2008. The world famous architect firm SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) is behind the 465 000m² large office, residential, retail and hotel tower which is situated in the heart of Dubai, close to the exlusive Sheikh Zayed Road and close Business Bay.

When completed, it will hold the record in all four categories as recognized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (i.e., highest structure, roof, antenna and occupied floor) and have the highest publicly accessible observation deck. The tip of the spire can be seen by a person 95 km (60 miles) away. A person in the Observation Deck can see as far away as 80 km (50 miles), which is more than twice the distance from Dubai to Al Ain. The design of the Burj Dubai is derived from the geometries of the desert flower and the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. It combines these historical and cultural influences with cutting-edge technology to achieve a high-performance building which will set the new standard for development in the Middle East and become the model for the future of the city of Dubai.

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World Trade Center

The reconstruction of World Trade Center in New York has long been discussed, and finally, almost 5 years after the destruction of WTC on 11th of September a complete layout has been announced. Three new towers have been announced, 2 WTC, 3 WTC and 4 WTC, each tower with different architect. Construction is expected to start in 2007, and the whole new World Trade Center will be completed in 2012.

>> Freedom Tower (541m / 108 floors)
A 25 meters high public lobby topped by a series of mechanical floors form a 61 meter tall building base. 69 tenant floors rise above the base to 341.4meter elevation. Mechanical floors, two floors to be occupied by the Metropolitan Television Alliance, restaurants and observation decks culminate in an observation deck and glass parapet that mark 415.1m and 417m respectively — the heights of the original Twin Towers. An antenna supported by a cable structure rises to a final height of 541.3 meters.

Location - Freedom Tower is located in the northwest corner of the 64 500 square meter World Trade Center site, bounded by Vesey, West, Washington and Fulton Streets.

Building Amenities - Observation decks, world-class restaurants, and the Manhattan Television Alliance (MTVA) broadcast and antennae facilities. All floors served by direct elevators. Cross-over elevator banks at floors 20, 29, 37 and 45. Ground floor contains a secure, 45-foot-high marble and glass entry lobby facing Greenwich Street, where access is limited to black cars and taxis. Loading dock with five bays accessible from Washington Street.

Construction starts in January 2008, and the tower is on schedual to be topped out during spring 2009. Facades will be completed by summer 2010, and the tower will be fully completed by 1st Quarter 2011.

>> 2 WTC / 200 Greenwich Street (408m / 76 floors)
Foster and Partners has designed a 76-story tower at 200 Greenwich. The tower, which will rise to 408 meters, is bounded by Greenwich Street to the west, Church Street to the east, Vesey Street to the north and Fulton Street to the south. It will contain 13 285 square meters of retail (8 825 square meters at or above street level), 60 office floors that total 213 676 square meters, four trading floors and a 20 meters high office lobby.

Arranged around a central cruciform core, the tower comprises four blocks, containing light-filled, flexible, column-free office floors that rise to the 59th floor, where the glass facades shear off at an angle to address the Memorial Park. Extending the logic of the core, the volume of the tower is punctuated on all four sides by notches—elegantly breaking up the mass of the tower into four interconnected blocks. The upper floor contained within the summit provides an opportunity for spectacular multiple-height function rooms with sweeping views of the Memorial, the river and the city.

Said Lord Foster, "We are pleased to unveil our design for Tower Two on the site of the World Trade Center, a building that symbolizes the renaissance of New York on the skyline while also re-establishing and reviving Greenwich Street at ground level. The crystalline top of the tower respects the master plan and bows down to the Memorial Park commemorating the tragic events that unfolded here. But it is also a powerful symbol of hope for the future. The dramatic height of the tower celebrates the spirit that has historically driven Manhattan to build tall, and the diamond-shaped top will be a crowning landmark on the city's skyline."

Foundation work begins summer 2008, with construction start by spring 2009. The tower is on schedual to be topped out in December 2010. Facades will be completed by autumn 2011, and the tower will be fully completed by 2nd Quarter 2012.

>> 3 WTC / 175 Greenwich Street (381m / 71 floors)
The 71-story 175 Greenwich tower, designed by Richard Rogers Partnership, will rise to 352 meters above street level. It is located on the site bounded by Greenwich Street to the west, Church Street to the east, Dey Street to the north and Cortlandt Street to the south. The tower will include 12 356 square meters of retail (6 781 square feet at or above street level); 54 office floors (195 096 square meters) and five trading floors.

The design uses a structural load-sharing system of diamond-shaped bracing which helps to articulate the building's east-west configuration. All corners of the tower are column free to ensure that occupants of the office levels enjoy unimpeded 360-degree panoramic views of New York. The upper levels of the tower appear to straddle the lower levels—the "podium building"—which emphasizes the interlocking nature of the base with the upper part of the building. The three-level high lobby on Greenwich Street offers a "big picture window" onto the World Trade Center Memorial.

Richard Rogers said,"175 Greenwich will occupy a hugely significant site in Lower Manhattan and in New York. We believe we have designed a transparent and legible building which responds both to the architectural and social context of the area, and one which will make a fitting contribution to the New York skyline."

Foundation work begins December 2007, with construction start by early 2009. The tower is on schedual to be topped out by spring 2010. Facades will be completed by early 2011, and the tower will be fully completed by 3rd Quarter 2011.

>> 4 WTC / 150 Greenwich Street (288m / 61 floors)
The 61-story 150 Greenwich Street tower, designed by Fumihiko Maki and Maki and Associates, is located on the site bounded by Greenwich Street to the west, Church Street to the east, Cortlandt Street to the north and Liberty Street to the south. The 288.7 meters tall building will include 53 office floors (167 225 square meters), as well as five floors of retail, three of which are at or above grade.

The tower has an abstract quality—minimal, light, cool in color and ephemeral, changing with the light of day. Seen from a distance, the building presents a unique angular profile at the crown effectuating the spiral composition formed by the group of four towers and looking back to the Memorial and the Freedom Tower. Facing Church Street is an 85-foot atrium offering a new dynamic urban experience by amalgamating the transit hall and retail into a single, identifiable whole, featuring multiple cascading floors that will enliven the street and become a symbolic feature of a revitalized World Trade Center.

Said Fumihiko Maki, "The fundamental approach to the design of the tower at 150 Greenwich is two-fold—a 'minimalist' tower that achieves an appropriate presence, quiet but with dignity, becoming a tribute to the Memorial, and a 'podium' that becomes a catalyst in activating and enlivening the immediate urban environment as part of the revitalization of Downtown New York."

Foundation work begins December 2007, with construction start by early 2009. The tower is on schedual to be topped out by spring 2010. Facades will be completed by early 2011, and the tower will be fully completed by 3rd Quarter 2011.

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General Information:
Height: 492m
Floors: 101
Year (start): 1997
Year (end): 2008
GFA: 377,300 m²
Elevators: 31
Escalators: 33
Costs at completion: $850,000,000
Location: Pudong, Shanghai, China

Two architect firms is involved in the project, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd. The tower contains commercial offices, a shopping centre, a museum and a 6-star hotel. The foundation stone was laid on August 27, 1997, but a fund shortage on the Japanese side caused by Asian financial crisis halted the project, and nothing had since been done to the projected structure. Construction finally resumed on February 13th, 2003. The design of the opening near the top of the tower was changed in mid-October, 2005; from a circular to a rectangular opening. Architect and developer claim that it is cheaper and easier to implement the new design.

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CCTV Headquarters

The new headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV) is being constructed adjacent to the Third Ring Road in Beijing, China, on a 10ha site in the new Central Business District. The tower will be 234m tall with 49 floors. Construction period is 2004 to 2008, architect company is OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture).

The project was started in september 2004 following a review of the design by a panel of Chinese experts. The construction is scheduled to be completed in time to broadcast the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The development is being undertaken by the Chinese Government as part of a plan to redevelop central Beijing with innovative and functional architecture, while preserving historic buildings at the same time.

The new building will involve two 'L' shaped high-rise towers linked at the top and the bottom at an angle to form a loop, which has been described as a 'Z' criss-cross. The total construction cost is estimated at €600 million ($750 million). The CCTV tower will employ 10,000 people following completion in 2008. But the construction was daleyted because of the opposition against this buildings cost, so the developers say the building will probably not be completed before 2009.









 

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Ocean Heights

One of the tallest and most attractive buildings going up in Dubai Marina is Ocean Heights, a 82 story tall residential tower. Construction started in 2005, and the tower is expected to be completed in 2007.



Infinity Tower

As Ocean Heights nabour building, Infinity Tower will become the worlds tallest twisting tower with 300m and 80 floors. Construction was started in 2006 and is expected to be completed in 2008.





 

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I have been follwoing the construction of burj dubai and the scale it is being built on is just out of this world! The whole dubai is soon going to be out of this world!
 

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S.T.A.S. said:
I have been follwoing the construction of burj dubai and the scale it is being built on is just out of this world! The whole dubai is soon going to be out of this world!
Yeah, BJ is growing fast, as well as SWFC, lets hope they start working on the facade soon, that is going to really exiting! :)
 

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Guangzhou Twin Towers

Wilkinson Eyre won the competition to design the new Guangzhou Twin Towers with his proposal, Crystal, which consist of two 432m tall buildings. The western tower started construction in 2006, with completion in 2009. The ground was broken on December 26th 2005. The eastern tower will start construction in 2007. The towers is a mixure os uses, including high-quality office space, a 5 star 800 room luxury hotel and international conference and leisure facilities.





 

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Love the idea of this thread... but... looking at the renderings of these amazingly outstanding peices of art makes me horribly depressed about our own so-called highrise projects... :(
 

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Love the idea of this thread... but... looking at the renderings of these amazingly outstanding peices of art makes me horribly depressed about our own so-called highrise projects... :(
Yeah, this is on a far higher level on our high-rise projects. :)
 

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Among these projects, I must say I like the WTC best. In my mind New York with this project confirms itself as THE highrise city of the world. New York shows the best traditions and taste.
 

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Thanks for this thread! I'll be sure to post some updates of various skyscraper projects in Shanghai in here. :)
Nice, can't wait! ;)

You're in 上海 now right? Any good recent photos of SWFC, or Jasper Tower?
 

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Shard London Bridge / London Bridge Tower

It was designed by architect Renzo Piano for a site on the Southwark side of London Bridge, next to London Bridge station, at 32 London Bridge Street. It would replace Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office building which was completed in 1976. The tower will be 310 metres (1016 feet) tall and have 72 floors, plus a further 16 radiator floors in the roof, making it the tallest building in the country. After a lengthy public inquiry, it was granted full planning permission in November 2003.

When it was first announced, it was hoped that it would be the tallest building in Europe on completion. This will no longer be the case, however, as there is a 340 m (1115 ft) building already under construction in Moscow. Another skyscraper, the Bishopsgate Tower, was submitted for planning permission in London and was originally proposed to exceed the height of the Shard by a metre. However, the scheduled height of the Bishopsgate Tower has now been reduced, making the Shard set to become the tallest building in London (and in Britain) once again.

Construction was expected to begin in 2005, with completion in 2009. However in 2004, the company PricewaterhouseCoopers, who hold a long-term lease on Southwark Towers, decided that they were not willing to vacate before 2006. This pushed the potential completion date back to the end of 2010. Actual demolition of the current site is now expected to take place in late 2006 or early 2007, ready in time for the tower to start construction in summer 2007 with completion by the end of 2010.

The building project will also involve major improvements to the concourse and facilities of London Bridge station. It will include shops, offices and flats as well as a museum and a public piazza. A hotel, to be operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as their first European location, is expected to take up around a fifth of the available space. A large pre-let for office space in the tower was also made by Transport for London, who intend it to be their new headquarters.

Another notable feature of the building will be a public viewing gallery at the top. This is expected to draw over 2 million visitors a year, around the same number who visit the London Eye.



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Al Mogran
Khartoum - Sudan

Alsunut Development Company Ltd. is introducing Almogran – Khartoum’s new business and residential district strategically located at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles. The new Almogran is a development to a standard and scale previously unseen in Sudan or the region.

A brand new 160-acre Central Business District (CBD). This state-of-the-art, prime commercial real estate will act as a hub for Eastern Africa’s modern business market. Almogran is located on the junction between The White and the Blue Nile. The CBD has been carefully master planned to create a dynamic and livable business environment, with pedestrian-friendly tree-lined streets, a river walk, and a mix of business, commercial, and residential properties. All of this comes together at the only place in the world where it is possible to have a spectacular view of the three Niles.

To the south of Almogran CBD, along the banks of the White Nile, lies a 1500-acre residential development featuring a variety of carefully planned neighborhoods of luxurious villas, townhouses, and apartments, complete with supporting neighborhood shops, schools, and recreational and leisure facilities. The development includes an 18-hole signature golf course and resort, public parks and gardens, with preservation of the Sunuut Forest Reserve.

Almogran will be served by a dedicated Public Development Authority (PDA) whose responsibility will be to give support to all investors and to ensure adherence to Urban Design Guidelines during and after the development process. The PDA also provides a management function for the provision and up-keep of all utilities and services, thereby maintaining the high development standards and maximizing the value of Almogran for the future.















 

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Qazag, great idea for a thread, very nice one :) you gave me great idea for Adriatic forums as well :) thanx m8 :)
 

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Wow, nice thread. Good job Qazaq. :eek:kay:
 

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Fordham Spire

Proposed for a prominent 89 000 square metre site on North Water Street, adjacent to Lake Shore Drive and near the entrance to Navy Pier, the Fordham Spire will rise to a height of 444.4m at its roof and approximately 609.6m at the tip of its spire, making it the tallest building in the nation.

“Calatrava’s design advances the Chicago tradition of skyscrapers as sculptural structures.”

Calatrava’s design is a tall, slender form whose glass facade seems to ripple downward in waves, like the folds of a cloak swirling around a figure. This effect is achieved by means of a structural innovation. Each floor unit of the tower is built out from the central core like a separate box, with gently curving, concave sides. As these boxes are stacked up, each is rotated by a little more than 2 degrees from the one below. The result is that the floors turn 270 degrees around the core as they rise, giving the facade an impression of movement.

Plans for the 85 500 square meters structure include a five-star hotel and 250 of luxurious condominium residences. At terrace level, approximately at the height of Lake Shore Drive, Fordham Spire will have a footprint of only 1 300 square meters on the 89 000 square metre site. The remaining 85% of the site will be left open for landscaped gardens, with access provided from the site to DuSable Park and the lakefront. Some 5 000 square meters of retail and support space is planned for the podium floors overlooking the river and Lake Michigan.









 
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