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Construction Closes on Innovation Tower

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25 Nov 2013, Hong Kong, China

Construction of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Jockey Club Innovation Tower, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), has completed. The 15-story building is ZHA's first in the city, and includes the School of Design, a lecture hall, a design museum, exhibition galleries and a communal viewing lounge. Read more.


De Rotterdam Completed by OMA

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22 Nov 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has completed its colossal "vertical city" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. OMA designed the 44-story De Rotterdam complex for its home city, where the building sits on the south bank of the Maas River. Read more.


E' Tower Completed in The Netherlands

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18 Nov 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the E' Tower in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The design of the 22-story, 110-apartment building is derived from the Brick Expressionist style that was common during the city's industrial period and throughout Northern Europe in the early 20th century. Read more.


UNStudio Completes Ardmore Residence

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15 Nov 2013, Singapore, Singapore

UNStudio recently completed the Ardmore Residence, a 36-story residential tower near the Orchard Road luxury shopping district in Singapore. Inspired by the lush gardens of the city, the Residence is organized around specific views and repeats a landscape theme through the entire tower. Read more.


Mövenpick Opens Sixth Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes

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11 Nov 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has opened its doors, marking the Swiss operator's sixth Dubai hotel. The mixed-use property will contain 475 units, including 168 hotel condominium rooms, 287 residences and 20 furnished residences. Read more.


Rosewood Hotel Opens in Abu Dhabi

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11 Nov 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Rosewood Abu Dhabi became the first ultra-luxury hotel to open in Al Maryah Island, the new Central Business District (CBD) of Abu Dhabi. The hotel, designed by Handel Architects, will feature 189 rooms and suites, 58 serviced residences and 73 residences for long-term lease. Read more.


RSH+P Completes Cross-Braced Building in Sydney CBD

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01 Nov 2013, Sydney, Australia

London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed a 34-story office tower in Sydney with criss-crossing red braces on its sides and an elevated terrace cutting through its middle. The practice collaborated with Sydney firm Lippman Partnership to design the tower for Australian real-estate company Mirvac. Read more.


Opening Day Announced for Japan's Tallest

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23 Oct 2013, Osaka, Japan

The Kintetsu Corp. has set March 7, 2014, as the opening date for its Abeno Harukas skyscraper, which is set to be Japan's tallest building upon completion. Located in Osaka, the 300-meter (984-foot) building topped out in August 2012 and will replace the Yokohama Landmark Tower as the nation's tallest building. Read more.


Green Skin Connects Morph Tower to Landscape

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17 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

Somdoon Architects have completed the IDEO Morph 38 tower, a new green-walled high-rise that offers an escape from the congested streets of Bangkok. Located in the residential area of Sukhumvit, the development consists of two separated towers, each targeting a particular type of tenant. Read more.


Stock Exchange Tower Completed in Shenzhen

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08 Oct 2013, Shenzhen, China

OMA has completed the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in the heart of the city's Central Business District. As one of OMA's best-known designs, the 250-meter (820-foot) skyscraper, nicknamed "the Miniskirt," features a three-story podium that has been elevated 36 meters (118 feet) above the ground. Read more.


Reunion Tower Reopens With High-Tech Deck

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01 Oct 2013, Dallas, United States

Reunion Tower, located in the southwest corner of downtown Dallas for 35 years, is prepared to reopen its observation deck for the first time in six years. The GeO-Deck will feature interactive touch-screen and high-definition telescopic cameras that will allow visitors to see Dallas as never before. Read more.


“Living Building” Attracts Tenants with Zero Net-Energy Goals

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09 Sep 2013, Seattle, United States

Construction company Hammer & Hand, which builds commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest, will move to Seattle's first Passive House building. The 100-foot (30.5-meter) Bullitt Center debuted in spring of 2013 and is built to the principles of the Living Building Challenge. Read more.


Gramercy Skypark Is Completed

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23 Aug 2013, Makati, Philippines

Singapore-based Pomeroy Studio has completed Gramercy Skypark, billed as the highest sky garden and the tallest green wall in the Philippines. The Skypark is located within the Roger Villarosa-designed Gramercy Residences, which at 250 meters (820 feet) has become the second-tallest building in the Philippines. Read more.


Nation’s Towers Open, Featuring World's Highest Suspended Suite

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19 Aug 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The second St. Regis Luxury Hotel in the Nation's Towers in Abu Dhabi is now ready to welcome guests, after an eight-month delay of initial inauguration plans. The hotel features what developers are calling "the world's highest suspended suite," including a sky bridge that connects the two towers. Read more.


Studio Heliopolis Tower Images Released

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16 Aug 2013, Mumbai, India

Indian architecture firm Planet 3 Studios has released images of its Heliopolis Tower, a "neo-Gaudi" apartment block designed for Mumbai. The firm was inspired by the organic forms of Antoni Gaudi's balconies as well as Ancient Egyptian columns and modern building materials. Read more.


Arets Brings AvB Tower to Completion

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29 Jul 2013, The Hague, Netherlands

The Dean of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Wiel Arets, has completed his latest tower project in The Hague. The Anne van Bueren (AvB) Tower will become the newest home of the University of Leiden, providing its student residents with accommodations. Read more.


Sheraton Huzhou to Open Its Doors

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23 Jul 2013, Huzhou, China

The unusual 321-room Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, located on the Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai, is set to open its doors. The oval-shaped, 27-story building was designed by MAD Architects and is being touted as one of Sheraton's most elaborate hotels. Read more.


2116 Chestnut Completed in Philadelphia Neighborhood

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01 Jul 2013, Philadelphia, United States

A new luxury residential tower at 2116 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia officially opened over the weekend, after 16 months of construction. The first 14 stories of the building are completely finished, and residents have begun moving in. The remaining floors are set to be completed by the end of the summer. Read more.


Dubai's Infinity Tower Completed

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05 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabian developer Cayan Investment & Development will celebrate the inauguration of Dubai's Infinity Tower next Monday, June 10. The 75-story building spirals 90 degrees from base to tip and was designed and built by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and contractor Arabtec. Read more.


Marina Bay Celebrates Official Opening

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20 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) celebrated its official opening May 15 in Singapore's central business district. The four-tower mixed-use development, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), has been under construction since 2006. Read more.


Shanghai's L'Avenue Tower Celebrates Opening

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17 May 2013, Shanghai, China

Last month marked the opening of the L'Avenue Shanghai commercial development, including a 28-story office tower and four-story retail podium. Located in the Changning district, the project features sustainable features such as rainwater recycling, high energy efficiency and reduced water consumption. Read more.


Nanterre Apartment Blocks Cultivate Neighborly Interaction

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01 May 2013, Nanterre, France

Parisian firm X-Tu Architects has completed its Nanterre Apartment Blocks in the Nanterre suburb of Paris. The original client specifications for the project inspired the clustered form of the nine-story buildings, as well as its strong vertical fenestration and a broken skyline silhouette. Read more.


MassArt Welcomes Klimt-Inspired Art Tower

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25 Apr 2013, Boston, United States

The $52 million Tree House Residence Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MassArt, has reached completion. The 21-story tower was created by ADD Inc. with the collaborative input of students, faculty and the neighboring community. Read more.


Japan Post Tower Celebrates Opening

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13 Mar 2013, Tokyo, Japan

The Japan Post Tower will celebrate the formal grand opening for all commercial space on Friday, March 21. The JAHN-designed skyscraper will house the renovated headquarters of the Tokyo Central Post Office, an academic and cultural museum, office space and a retail galleria. Read more.


The Shard Celebrates Foggy Opening Day

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04 Feb 2013, London, United Kingdom

London's Shard officially acquired the title of Europe's tallest skyscraper with the opening of the viewing platform on February 1. Designed by Italian Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano, the building will serve as an icon for the city of London, although it has attracted both opposition and admiration. Read more.


Pakistan's Tallest Nears Completion

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24 Jan 2013, Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan's future tallest building is reportedly nearing completion in the nation's capital. The US$71.4 million Ocean Tower will surpass the country's current tallest by 4 meters (12 feet) and will function as a retail and office tower. Read more.


India State Inaugurates 122-meter Tower in New Business District

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11 Jan 2013, Gujarat International Finance Tech-City, India

Officials in the India state of Gujarat this week formally inaugurated a 122-meter tower that is part of the Gujarat International Financial Tec-City. The tower is the first project to launch in the center, which is planned to include 110 towers. Read more.


Argentina Welcomes Its Newest Condo Building

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18 Dec 2012, Rosario, Argentina

Los Angeles-based firm P-A-T-T-E-R-N Architects has completed its Argentinian condo building. Jujuy Redux is an eight-story, 13,500-square foot apartment building located in the growing city of Rosario, about 200 miles north of Buenos Aires. Read more.


Asahi Shimbun Tower Celebrates Completion

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08 Nov 2012, Osaka, Japan

The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun Co. celebrated the opening of its headquarters, the Nakanoshima Festival Tower, in Osaka this week. The 200 meter (656 foot) tower became the fourth tallest building in the city upon its completion. Read more.


‘Hotel of Doom’ Announces Opening Date

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01 Nov 2012, Pyonyang, North Korea

The 105-story, pyramid-shaped hotel which has been under construction since the ‘80s in North Korea’s capital city might be opening for the first time in a matter of months. The Ryugyong Hotel will “partially, probably” open in mid 2013, Reto Wittwer, CEO of hotel operator Kempinski AG, said Thursday. Read more.