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New Luxury Hotel Proposed for Mecca


31 Jan 2017, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A competition winning scheme for a hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Mecca has been revealed. The scheme addresses the shortage of accommodation in Mecca in response to the rapid growth in visitor numbers. Read more.

Architect Wins Design Competition for Mississauga’s M City


27 Jan 2017, Mississauga, Canada

An architect has won a competition to design a landmark building with offset floor plates for the master planned M City in Mississauga. The 60-story flagship Tower 8 will rise from the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway. Read more.

Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction


25 Jan 2017, Budapest, Hungary

An architect has won the commission to design a new multi-tower master plan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, Hungary. The project is set to become the largest singular urban development in the city in nearly 30 years. Read more.

Lagos Design Competition Features Conceptual Wooden Tower


04 Jan 2017, Lagos, Nigeria

As part of the City Above The City competition, a Cameroonian architecture practice has revealed a striking concept for a wooden tower in the heart of Ikory, Lagos. The 26-story tower is designed as four distinct parts centered around a shared core. Read more.

Architect Tapped to Design Residential Tower at 412 St. Kilda Road in Melbourne


19 Dec 2016, Melbourne, Australia

An architecture firm has won design rights to its second major scheme in Melbourne with a proposal for a 21-story residential tower – dubbed The Mayfair – located at 412 St. Kilda Road. Read more.

Mixed-Use Longfor Phase IV Development Proposed for Chongqing


30 Nov 2016, Chongqing, China

A competition-winning design has been chosen for a mixed-use development, called Longfor Phase IV, in Chongqing. The project comprises a single tower and podium integrated as an assembled massing of stacked, box-like volumes. Read more.

Competition-Winning Design Selected for Xi’an’s Newest CBD


30 Nov 2016, Xi'an, China

An architecture firm has won a design competition to provide master planning and design services for the Great Xi'an New Center. The project is expected to complete in phases over many years, resulting in a new city center by 2019. Read more.

Architect Weighs Design Layouts for Trio of Aurobindo Pharma Towers in Hyderabad


23 Nov 2016, Hyderabad, India

The 120-meter Aurobindo Pharma Towers, located the center of HITEC in the City of Hyderabad, have two options for their layout: one intends to accentuate each building's verticality while the other amplifies the horizontality of the site. Read more.

Competition-Winning Design Selected for Heidelberg Energy Storage Center and Park


17 Oct 2016, Heidelberg, Germany

A firm has won a competition to redesign an energy center in Heidelberg. Currently a cylindrical-shaped storage facility, the space will be transformed into a dynamic sculpture, city icon, and knowledge hub for sustainable energy. Read more.

Architect Wins Design for Beirut Museum of Art


14 Oct 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

A Paris-based Lebanese architect has been selected to design the Beirut Museum of Art, which will feature a 124-meter-tall, campanile-like tower housing 1,000 works of art, workshop space, as well as artists’ residences. Read more.

Two-Tower Development Proposed for Casablanca


12 Oct 2016, Casablanca, Morocco

A planned redesign of Casablanca’s financial district by a Paris-based architecture firm uses the city’s vernacular architecture to create a contemporary building typology in a project called Casa Anfa. Read more.

Architect Named in International Competition for Stavanger High-Rise


20 Sep 2016, Stavanger, Norway

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won a design contest to develop a new high-rise tower in the Norwegian city of Stavanger. The winning proposal, known as "Breiavatnet Lanterna," is a dynamic 26-story scheme. Read more.

Architecture Firm Chosen for Hengqin MixC World in Zhuhai


16 Sep 2016, Zhuhai, China

An architecture firm has been selected from four international architectural practices in a competition to design the massive Hengqin MixC World complex in Zhuhai, China, estimated to cost USD$7.5 billion. Read more.

Riverside Master Plan Proposed for Vienna as Part of Design Competition


22 Mar 2016, Vienna, Austria

Two architecture firms have teamed up to design a master plan for a site along the Danube riverfront as part of an international design competition. The proposal would add density to the site through the addition of several high-rises. Read more.

Winner Chosen for Kingdee Tower Competition in Shenzhen


21 Jan 2016, Shenzhen, China

HENN has won first place in the competition to design Kingdee Tower, the headquarters for software company Kingdee in Shenzhen, China. The 44-story glazed tower will be the central building for the new headquarters. Read more.

Proposals for Portland, New York Win US Tall Wood Building Prize


17 Sep 2015, New York City, United States

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, has announced the winners of the US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. Read more.

Architecture Competition Will Overhaul a Notorious Parisian Skyscraper


10 Sep 2015, Paris, France

Soon, you may not be able to recognize Paris’s most controversial building, Tour Montparnasse, as an architectural competition was recently announced to revamp the tower in time for the city's possible 2024 hosting of the Olympic Games. Read more.

Layered Scheme Wins Porsche Residential Tower Competition in Frankfurt


28 May 2015, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The winner of the coveted task of designing the Porsche Design Tower in Frankfurt has been announced. A German architecture firm has won the $109,000 prize for their 100-meter 28-story building that incorporates the required elements. Read more.

Architects Selected To Design Am Hirschgarten In Munich


18 Mar 2015, Munich, Germany

An architecture firm has won a competition to design a cluster of four mixed-use towers adjacent to Munich’s Hirschgarten station. Each tower in the complex will be perched upon a six- to seven-story plinth. Read more.

Architects Selected To Design A 31-Story Skyscraper In Vienna


16 Mar 2015, Vienna, Austria

An international competition was held to select an architect for a 31-story skyscraper in Vienna. The winning design is a 115-meter office tower that will be built next to the Danube Canal on Schnirchgasse, southeast of the city center. Read more.

Six Proposals Made to Replace the Never-Built Chicago Spire


03 Feb 2015, Chicago, United States

Five local architecture firms and one landscape firm came up with diverse and creative proposals to make the failed dream of the Chicago Spire into a productive site for the surrounding community. Read more.

Concept Developed for an Earthly Residential Tower in Taipei


22 Dec 2014, Taipei, Taiwan

In a design competition, a concept was developed for a residential tower complex with rock-like walls, a cavernous swimming pool, and plants growing out of every crevice. This project explores how high-rises can incorporate natural elements. Read more.

Six-Tower Office Complex Proposed for Shenzhen


21 Nov 2014, Shenzhen, China

The recently announced winner of an invited competition will design a grand office development on a 27,777-square-meter plot of land in Shekou, Shenzhen, which will create 80,000 square meters of office space. Read more.

US Dept of Agriculture Launches $2 Million Tall Wood Building Prize Competition


22 Oct 2014, Washington DC, United States

A new competition invites US developers, institutions, organizations, and design teams willing to undertake an alternative approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million. Read more.

Helsinki Holding High-Rise Design-Build Competition for City Center


16 Oct 2014, Helsinki, Finland

The State of Finland and the City of Helsinki are seeking a developer for the area close to the city center by means of a design-build competition. The competition calls for eight to 10 towers of at least 15 stories. Read more.

Eroded Urbanism Proposal Created for Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition


16 Oct 2014, Shenzhen, China

For the Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition, a firm has proposed “eroded urbanism” as a prototype for flexible metropolitan development, which integrates various commercial, residential, cultural, and environmental forces. Read more.

Competition Entry Revealed for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan


15 Sep 2014, Shenzhen, China

The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. Read more.

Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals


10 Sep 2014, Wujin, China

Overt symbolism is par for the course in Chinese architecture, and it's a pattern that an Australian architecture firm explored in the Forestry Tower, a competition-winning concept design for the Wujin Agriculture and Forestry Bureau. Read more.

Broadway Malyan Selected to Design Chengdu Creative Centre


21 Aug 2014, Chengdu, China

Broadway Malyan has been announced as the winning practice in a competition for Chengdu Creative Centre, a mixed-use venture blending office and retail units with green public spaces, anchored by a 110 meter-high central tower. Read more.

Winner Chosen to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Shenzhen


21 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

A winner has been selected for an invited competition to design the new headquarters for CITIC Securities in Shenzhen. The winning design calls for a tower that is situated on the western gateway to Shenzhen Bay. Read more.