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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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1970s Office Tower in Rio de Janeiro Overhauled for Environmental Performance


04 May 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

French-Brazilian studio Triptyque has revamped an 85-meter office block in Rio de Janeiro with zig-zagging glazing and solar panels so it can generate its own electricity as part of an environmentally-friendly overhaul. Read more.

New York City’s Sony Building to be Sold


27 Apr 2016, New York City, United States

Olayan America is in the process of negotiating a contract to acquire the former Sony Building at 550 Madison Avenue for more than $1.3 billion, after Chetrit Group and Clipper Equity scrapped plans to convert the upper floors into condos. Read more.

LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Sold for $315 Million


18 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

An Oxford Capital Group, LLC-led venture with Angelo, Gordon announced on April 17 the $315 million sale and 25-year lease-management back of LondonHouse Chicago to Germany's Union Investment Real Estate. Read more.

London’s Millbank Tower Revamp Approved


15 Apr 2016, London, United Kingdom

A controversial scheme to convert the Millbank Tower from office programming into flats and a hotel has been approved by Westminster councilors despite objections from local heritage and conservation groups. Read more.

Development Agreement Would Transform Chicago’s Historic Cook County Hospital Building


08 Apr 2016, Chicago, United States

Cook County Board President has plans to announce a development agreement that would transform the historic Cook County Hospital building into a hotel, apartments, and shops – phase one of four in a 6.5 hectare project. Read more.

Renovation of Pont De Sèvres Towers Completes in Boulogne-Billancourt


01 Apr 2016, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

In 2008, Dominique Perrault was charged with renovating the Pont De Sèvres Towers located in west Paris. The vast scheme – renamed “Citylights” – has seen the site reconnect to the city’s urban infrastructure. Read more.

Groups Petition Putin to Save Moscow’s Historic Shabolovka Tower


21 Mar 2016, Moscow, Russia

Preservationists are imploring Russian president Vladimir Putin to take decisive measures to restore Shabolovka Tower – a deteriorating Constructivist masterwork in Moscow. Efforts include an online petition and an awareness campaign. Read more.

U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles Plans Glass-Bottomed “Skyslide”


02 Mar 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The owners of the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles are building a "Skyslide" as a part of a $50 million "Skyspace" renovation, transforming several floors of the building from office space into more tourist-friendly programming. Read more.

Cape Town’s Triangle House to be Converted into Hotel and Apartment Units


16 Feb 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

The 114-meter Triangle House is in the process of being converted from office space into a hotel and apartment high-rise. When completed, the building will be home to the tallest residential units in the city. Read more.

Baltimore’s HarborView Condominiums Completes Interior Renovations


15 Feb 2016, Baltimore, Unites States

The HarborView Condominiums, which were completed in 1993, recently received a makeover after the Council of Unit Owners at the condominium invested more than $1.8 million to modernize the building’s public spaces. Read more.

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab to Expand its Footprint with Massive Floating Deck Shipped from Finland


26 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s iconic sail-shaped hotel, the Burj Al Arab, is about to undergo a dramatic expansion of its footprint with the addition of a huge 5,000-ton deck extending out over the waters of the Gulf. Read more.

Multi-Million Dollar Renovation for Atlanta’s Historic Flatiron Building


13 Jan 2016, Atlanta, United States

The Flatiron Building in downtown Atlanta, now known as FlatironCity, is currently undergoing a $12 million dollar renovation to convert it to a space for technology startups and entrepreneurs. Read more.

Conservationists Petition Against Millbank Tower Plans in London


28 Oct 2015, London, United Kingdom

Conservationists have written to Westminister Council objecting to the proposed revamp of Millbank Tower. Several preservation societies have flagged concerns about the plans for the grade II-listed Thames-side landmark. Read more.

Reconstruction of the Hotel Okura Main Building in Tokyo Set for September Start


28 Aug 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Starting in September, Tokyo’s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake. The main building will be closed for reconstruction on August 31. The complex will be composed of two buildings, with office space provided in the high-rise building. Read more.

Barbican’s Blake Tower in London Remodeled to Include Luxury Apartments


24 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

A London-based design and architecture studio is reworking the interior of a 17-story block that forms part of London's Brutalist Barbican Estate, transforming it from a youth hostel into high-end apartments. Read more.

High-Rise Chicago Retirement Community Begins Extensive Upgrades


14 Aug 2015, Chicago, United States

The Clare, a 53-floor high-rise retirement residence, will begin a multi-million dollar renovation. The tower is the only urban, luxury high-rise fully constructed specifically to serve as a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Read more.

Plans in Place to Make London’s Millbank Tower Taller


06 Aug 2015, London, United Kingdom

Plans are due to be submitted that seek to extend Millbank Tower by three stories and entirely reglaze the grade II-listed London landmark. If approved, renovation work would not begin until 2019. Read more.

Bordeaux Tower Blocks Reclad With Sliding Translucent Windows


20 Jul 2015, Bordeaux, France

A Paris firm has renovated a group of Brutalist housing blocks in Bordeaux, France, adding sliding polycarbonate windows that create an ever-changing façade. These towers were modernized as part of a district-wide rehabilitation project. Read more.

Interactive Light Façade Activates São Paulo Hotel


06 Jul 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

The forty-year-old façade of Hotel WZ Jardins in São Paulo, Brazil has been recently renovated. The sheet metal exterior is illuminated by a series of LED lights that react in real-time to noise levels and air pollution. Read more.

Renovation Work Begins on 425 Park Avenue in New York City


30 Jun 2015, New York City, United States

Construction work has begun on the renovation of 425 Park Avenue. Built atop a 31-story building of the same name, the design for the tower emphasizes occupant health and will be the first WELL certified building in the city. Read more.

Belfast Skyscraper to become 200-Room Hotel


25 Jun 2015, Belfast, United Kingdom

Northern Ireland's Hastings Hotels is aiming to transform Windsor House into a 200-bedroom hotel. The $47 million investment, subject to planning permission, would see the creation of over 150 new jobs for Belfast. Read more.

TAIPEI 101 to Replace External Lighting With LEDs


23 Jun 2015, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Financial Center Corp, which operates TAIPEI 101, said that it plans to replace all the traditional fluorescent tubes on the skyscraper’s external walls with LED lighting as part of its efforts to conserve energy. Read more.

Johannesburg’s Notorious Ponte Tower Becomes Symbol of Urban Revitalization


19 Jun 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Once a Jacuzzi-filled playground for the segregated white elite in the apartheid era, then falling into chaos in the 1990s, Ponte Tower is now undergoing a renaissance as an icon of Johannesburg’s urban revitalization. Read more.

London’s Leadenhall Building Bolt Replacement To Cost $1.5 Million


24 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

The UK’s largest structural steel provider, Severfield, is facing a bill of around $1.5 million for replacing several massive bolts, several of which broke and fell from London’s iconic Leadenhall Building last November. Read more.

London’s Guy’s Tower Reclaims Status As World’s Tallest Hospital


19 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

Guy's Tower in London has undergone a series of renovations that have given the 1970s-era hospital an air of modernity. An art installation added to the roof increased the overall height of the building to 149 meters. Read more.

Industrial Johannesburg High-Rise To Become Plant-Covered Apartment Block


17 Mar 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Architects have unveiled a proposal to transform a 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg into luxury apartments and a hotel, with balconies covered in plants. The renovation is expected to complete by May 2016. Read more.

Bangalore to Allow Helipads Atop 20 High-Rise Buildings


05 Mar 2015, Bangalore, India

As Bangalore’s elite look skywards for a way out of the city's traffic congestion, 20 high-rise buildings, including 10 residential towers, have been given clearances to have helipads for commercial and personal use. Read more.

New Spin on Classic Chicago Building Establishes Fresh Work Culture


11 Feb 2015, Chicago, United States

Daniel Burnham's tower at 125 Clark Street has been purchased by a developer who plans to restore the building. Renovations will evoke a modern, functional office environment while still retaining the classic, historic shell. Read more.

London’s Centre Point to Get New Lease on Life


27 Jan 2015, London, United Kingdom

One of London’s most infamous landmarks, Centre Point tower, designed by Richard Seifert in the 1960s and located at the east end of Oxford Street, has begun its transformation from office uses to residential. Read more.

Los Angeles’ Palladium Towers Plan Includes Restoration of Its Namesake


03 Dec 2014, Los Angeles, United States

A draft environmental impact report for the mixed-use Palladium Residences outlines plans to restore the 1940s-era dance hall that gave the project its name. The two-tower development is expected to complete in 2018. Read more.