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Fish-Inspired Skyscraper in Zhuhai Wins Chinese Tower Contest


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Five-Tower UNStudio Design Wins Wenzhou CBD Competition


19 Jul 2013, Wenzhou, China

Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a trade center in the growing city of Wenzhou, China, with its proposal for a family of segmented skyscrapers. Occupying an 11-hectare (27-acre) site near the riverfront, the Yongjia World Trade Centre will mix retail, leisure and residential uses, according to designboom. Read more.

Jean Nouvel & Friends Win EPO Competition


16 Jul 2013, Rijswijk, Netherlands

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that a consortium lead by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in association with Dam & Partners Architecten have won the international competition to design and construct its new Main Building in Rijswijk, a suburb of The Hague, the Netherlands. Read more.

Redesigning Detroit Competition Produces Exciting Possibilities


02 Jul 2013, Detroit, United States

Last week, Rock Ventures announced the winners of a contest to redesign the site of the demolished Hudson's department store in downtown Detroit. MINICITY Detroit, by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino of Rome won first place and $15,000 in the “Redesigning Detroit” competition. Read more.

OMA Tapped for Tors Torn


19 Jun 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

OMA has won the Tors Torn Competition for the development of two mixed-use towers in the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm. The two 100-meter (328-foot) landmark buildings will stand as the third-tallest skyscrapers in the Swedish capital, defining the area and city's growing center. Read more.

Chlorophyll Tower Could Scrub Manhattan’s Air


05 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

Egyptian firm IAMZ Design Studio's submission to the eVolo skyscraper competition is directly inspired by nature. The Chlorophyll Tower's residential cells are designed to absorb New York city's emissions of harmful gases and convert them into energy. Read more.

Top Firms Tackle Penn Station Redesign


30 May 2013, New York City, United States

Four New York-based architecture firms have unveiled competition entries for a new Penn Station and a relocated Madison Square Garden. SHoP Architects, H3 Hardy Architecture, SOM and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, have had only two months to create their competition entries. Read more.

Shigeru Ban Wins Hamburg Competition


30 May 2013, Hamburg, Germany

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the competition to design the Watertowers HafenCity, a residential complex in Baakenhafen Harbor, in Hamburg. The six-tower development will range between eight and twelve stories and will be built along the city's Elbe River front. Read more.

Crown Hotel Sydney Announces Design Winner


16 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the bid to design the new Crown Hotel in Sydney as part of a larger $6 billion Barangaroo Redevelopment Master Plan. The organic design finds its roots in an abstracted form of three stems growing out of the ground and twisting as they reach the top of the structure. Read more.

Barangaroo's Crown Hotel Competition Heats Up


09 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Three internationally recognized firms are competing to design a multi-billion dollar resort hotel tower at Barangaroo South on Sydney's harbor foreshore. The shortlist is composed of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects (AS+GG) and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Read more.

AS+GG Wins Imperial Tower Competition


06 May 2013, Mumbai, India

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won Mumbai’s Imperial Tower competition with a 400-meter aerodynamic design. The Imperial Tower, which could become the tallest in the city, was designed to "confusedthe wind" by minimizing the negative effects of wind in the low-rise city. Read more.

British Architect Wins Montpellier Tower Residence Competition


19 Apr 2013, Montpellier, France

Montpellier city officials have named London-based Farshid Moussavi Architecture as winner of the Jardins de la Lironde tower competition. The unconventional design features a stack of shifting curved floor plates that will form the 11-story apartment block in the French city. Read more.

Shenyang Launches Future Tallest Competition


08 Apr 2013, Shenyang, China

Architecture firms RMJM, Aedas, Pelli Clarke Pelli and SCUT have been shortlisted to work on a giant skyscraper in the Chinese city of Shenyang. The tower would rise 92 stories and be connected by a shared podium to a second tower of 66 stories. Read more.

Beijing Re-Imagined Through “Light Park” Floating Skyscraper Competition Finalist


18 Mar 2013, Beijing, China

Finalist in the 2013 Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine, "Light Park” is a floating skyscraper, held aloft by helium, providing citizens with much-needed access to light and fresher air. Read more.