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Layered Scheme Wins Porsche Residential Tower Competition in Frankfurt

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Fish-Inspired Skyscraper in Zhuhai Wins Chinese Tower Contest

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15 Aug 2014, Zhuhai, China

Proposed at the intersection of two rivers in the Doumen District of Zhuhai, the Doumen Observation Tower was designed to mimic the movement of water and aquatic life in the coastal city, sometimes known as the Chinese Riviera. Read more.


“Endless City” Skyscraper Design Wins London Competition

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28 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

SURE Architecture has put forth a competition-winning proposition for a London skyscraper design that incorporates two street-sized ramps that wind their way up the exterior of the tower. Read more.


Several Architects Shortlisted for Swedish Skyscraper

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28 May 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden

Concept designs by the five finalists have been revealed in the contest to design one of the tallest buildings in Scandinavia. Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Simpson Architects and the London office of SOM have drawn up schemes for a 200 meter-tall, mixed-use tower in Gothenburg. Read more.


Atelier Blur Designs “Great Wall” in Shenzhen

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01 May 2014, Shenzhen, China

Hong Kong-based practice Atelier Blur has won a competition to design the new research and development headquarters for Great Wall Technology in Shenzhen, China. Composed of two interlocking towers, a “ying-yang” symbiotic relationship is evoked. Read more.


Creative Montpellier Design Competition Winner Inspired by Tree

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11 Mar 2014, Montpellier, France

The White Tree, a 17-story mixed-use building designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, is akin to a tree in structure, with a curved façade to provide views of the landscape offered on balconies that resemble outstretched leaves.Read more.


Tallest Woodscraper Moves Closer to Reality

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10 Jan 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Berg / C.F Moller Architects and DinellJohansson won a competition to build a new landmark for Stockholm. One of the associated schemes would be the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper if built, at 34 stories and approximately 110 meters. Read more.


RSH+P Takes School of Economics Student Tower Competition

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02 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

The London School of Economics has selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P) to design the new Global Centre for the Social Sciences. Beating proposals from OMA, Hopkins, Heneghan Peng and Grafton, RSH+P's winning design was also voted the public's favorite by a large margin. Read more.


UNStudio Wins Competition with Sustainable Tower

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22 Nov 2013, Munich, Germany

Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a residential and office complex in the German city of Munich. UNStudio's design for the city's new Baumkirchen Mitte development features a 60-meter (196-foot) tower, and was chosen over entries from firms including BIG and Schneider + Schumacher Architects. Read more.


Prentice Hospital Replacements Rolled Out

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12 Nov 2013, Chicago, United States

The three final designs for the biomedical research facility to be built on the site of Prentice Women's Hospital Building have been unveiled. The finalists are Perkins + Will; a team of Goettsch Partners and Ballinger; and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with Payette. Read more.


HENN Tops Cenke Tower Competition

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22 Oct 2013, Taiyuan, China

Berlin-based practice HENN Architekten has won the competition for the Cenke Tower in Taiyuan, in China's Shanxi Province. The 280-meter (918-foot) building, which takes the form of a pair of convex shells, will contain office space, a hotel on the upper floors and a retail center at the ground level. Read more.


Competition Crowns Norway's Future Tallest With Cradle-to-Cradle Principles

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23 Sep 2013, Oslo, Norway

The Urban Mountain team has won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway with a proposal that includes the refurbishment and extension of Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14 in central Oslo, creating Norway's tallest building. The design team will employ Cradle-to-Cradle principles as well as a series of sustainable strategies. Read more.


Helsinki Plans Major Skyscraper Hub Competition

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20 Sep 2013, Helsinki, Finland

The City of Helsinki is launching a major redevelopment plan, which is set to include 10 or more skyscrapers. In association with the World Cities Network, the city will be calling for submissions to the Pasila Master Plan design competition by the end of the year. Read more.


DOS Architects Wins GWA Tower Competition

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16 Aug 2013, Beijing, China

Grow Wealth Assets (GWA) has chosen London-based DOS Architects as the frontrunner of its Mixed-Use Development competition in the Lize Financial District of Beijing. The winning entry, Cantilevering Courtyard Tower, includes 219,000 square meters (2,400,000 square feet) of hotel, office, retail and residential space. Read more.


Romanian Firm Proposes Feathered Eco-Tower

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13 Aug 2013, Miami, United States

Bucharest-based studio Armarada has unveiled its Avis Magica conceptual skyscraper for Miami which boasts a 394-foot (120-meter) aquarium and energy-generating "feathers." An artificial ecosystem is stacked within the stylized 1,100-foot (335-meter) tower, serving as a giant oxygen tank for the city. Read more.


Church to Invest Millions in Pelli Tower Project

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26 Jul 2013, New York City, United States

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has been chosen to design a new mixed-use ministry building and condo tower for Manhattan's Trinity Church. The parish decided to invest in this skyscraper project instead of engaging in $33 million in renovations of two auxiliary buildings located on site. Read more.


French Urban Renewal Project Features Tower Community

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22 Jul 2013, Nantes, France

LAN Architecture has won the Nantes Urban Regeneration competition with its master plan of mixed-use high-rise buildings, which focuses on creating community between buildings. The six-tower community includes affordable, student, social and temporary residences as well as schools, offices and restaurants. Read more.


Aedas Tower to Grace Xuhui Binjian Media City

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22 Jul 2013, Shanghai, China

International architecture practice Aedas has won the competition to design the 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium in the Xuhui Binjian Media City in Shanghai. One of nine tall buildings to be built in the Media City development, the tapering tower warps to accommodate the pedestrian pathways and views of the site. Read more.