Whilst researching the Curvy Monroe building, we came across this innovatively wacky building – it is the HSB ‘Turning Torso’ in Malmö, Sweden. Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava based the tower’s design on a white marble sculpture of a ‘twisting’ human being.
It is a 53 storey building that spans about 190 metres (623 feet).
With a flourishing building boom, many new buildings are seemingly built overnight. Many of these leave us awestruck by their sheer beauty, innovative design and smart design.
Often these designs are thanks to an upstart designer architect who is gifted enough to make a difference in the way we can look at buildings.
3 of these architects hail from China and deserve a mention for outstanding design and achievements.
The National Center for the Performing Arts was completed recently in Beijing, China. Designed by architect Paul Andreu, the first concert was held there December 2007.
The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable, like the Sydney Opera House.
Dubai continues to grow at an astounding pace and these pictures show a planned bridge which will become the biggest, tallest arch bridge in the world when complete.
New York Architect, FXFOWLE’s proposal for the architectural design of a 1-mile long and 673-feet tall bridge in Dubai was selected by the country’s Roads & Transport Authority in a major international design competition. The firms winning bridge design is poised to join five existing Dubai Creek crossings (four bridges and one tunnel), further advancing the infrastructure and transportation initiatives in Dubai. Construction will begin next month.
Brookfield Properties’ Hudson Yards proposal in New York “aims to bring New York into the 21st Century.”
The MTA, in co-operation with the State and City of new York, issued a request for Proposals to regenerate and rejuvenate the active rail yards on Manhattan’s far west side. Brookfield’s plans attempt to integrate Hudson Yards into the city proper whilst creating what they feel will be New York’s next great neighborhood.
The ambitious plans include Galleries, cafés, a soaring gateway, and rolling meadows. Also included is a cultural center with plans for public performances.
ALDAR is slightly ahead of schedule and the first phase of it’s central market project and suggesting it will be finished by mid-2008.
Mushrif were awarded the 113 million dirham contract to complete Phase 1 of the project; the underground parking structures of Central Market. ALDAR’s strategy to secure early phase completion dates, using an integrated fast-track construction approach to this highly complex mixed-use development, was critical in choosing Mushrif, a multi-disciplined, civil and heavy engineering contractor.
The development’s massive excavation is now complete along with the majority of its substantial permanent pile foundations. The Souq foundations are complete, with the new construction works progressing upwards to the ground surface. One of the interesting facets of this construction project is the use of A DeltaBase 102, a double-head anchor drill rig for rotary and percussive drilling, featuring a special slewing-rotating mast operating in conjunction with the drill-feed carrier and swivel head via a scissor-action arrangement that enables the drill feed to deploy to the right or left of the machine body. The hydraulics are controlled using the latest load-sensing system.
The Chicago Spire is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Chicago, Illinois. The skyscraper will become North America’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest all-residential building, eventually standing taller than Chicago’s Sears Tower and New York’s upcoming Freedom Tower, as well as Toronto’s CN Tower. The building was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is being developed by Garrett Kelleher of Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. The Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed in 2011 with 150 floors.