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Updated Renderings Revealed for Pair of Los Angeles Apartment Towers


06 Mar 2018, Los Angeles, United States

New renderings have been revealed for a pair of under-construction residential towers, which will rise 31 and 40 stories in Los Angeles. The 730-unit development will include 843 parking spots and 6,503 square meters of retail space. Read more.

Plans Emerge for Future of Grenfell Tower Site in London


05 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom

The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that decisions about the future of the Grenfell Tower site will be transferred to a new body representing residents and the bereaved. Read more.

Tour des Canadiens 3 Breaks Ground in Downtown Montreal


05 Mar 2018, Montreal, Canada

Developers Cadillac Fairview and Canderel are kickstarting construction on the third building in the Tour des Canadiens development. The 53-story high-rise will contain 565 residential units, including a dozen townhouses at the base of the tower. Read more.

Upscale Hotel Set to Occupy Adelaide’s Future Tallest Building


05 Mar 2018, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide’s future tallest high-rise, the under-construction Frome Central Tower One, is set to host an upscale hotel with 326 rooms that will open in 2020. The 134-meter-tall tower will also contain 83 residential units. Read more.

Questions Raised About Design Review of Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row Tower


05 Mar 2018, Philadelphia, United States

Following the release of renderings for a 24-story tower, a Philadelphia architecture critic has raised questions about the effectiveness of the city’s Civic Design Board, which was founded in 2011 to vet all large projects for architectural integrity. Read more.

First Segment of Skybridge at Raffles City Chongqing Complete


02 Mar 2018, Chongqing, China

CapitaLand has announced the completion of the first section of a skybridge that will eventually connect four 250-meter-tall high-rises in Chongqing. The $3.8 billion development will also include two 350-meter-tall mixed-use towers. Read more.

St. Louis’ One Hundred Apartment Tower Breaks Ground


02 Mar 2018, St. Louis, United States

St. Louis officials held a ground-breaking ceremony for The One Hundred, an apartment tower designed by Studio Gang. The $130 million project, which sits across from Forest Park, will rise 117.3 meters and contain 316 units. Read more.

Architect Urges Mayor to Step in on 550-Home West London Scheme


02 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect has questioned London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision not to overrule a local council’s refusal of the firm’s 550-unit high-rise scheme, after the mayor recently intervened on behalf of an adjacent 472-unit proposal. Read more.

Moscow to Welcome “Parachute Hybrids” Residential District


01 Mar 2018, Moscow, Russia

An architect has won an international competition to design a new residential quarter in Moscow. The firm has proposed a new building typology that combines residential bar and slab structures with supplemental programming suspended above. Read more.

Developer Proposes 60-Story Office Tower in Toronto


01 Mar 2018, Toronto, Canada

A developer has announced plans for a 60-story office tower to be built in Downtown Toronto’s quickly transforming South Core. Branded The Hub, the building will contain 130,064 square meters of space, with a glassed-in winter garden at its top. Read more.

Investment Firm Consolidates Four Sites for Major Brisbane Development


01 Mar 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A proposal for the refurbishment of three buildings and construction of a 39-story tower has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council by developer Cardno on behalf of the Queensland government’s investment arm. Read more.

Twin Tower Development Green-Lighted in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast


28 Feb 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast City Council has approved a twin-tower hotel and residential project for a riverfront Surfers Paradise site. The two towers will rise 34 and 46 stories, and contain 503 apartments, 280 hotel rooms, and five ground-floor townhouses. Read more.

New York’s Fifteen Hudson Yards Tops Out


28 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

15 Hudson Yards, a 279.5-meter-tall residential building in New York City’s Hudson Yards mega-development, has topped out. According to developer Related Companies, more than half of the tower’s 285 units have sold. Read more.

Plans Revealed for 33-Story “Giant Clamp” Tower in Leeds City Center


28 Feb 2018, Leeds, United Kingdom

An architect has revealed plans for a 33-story mixed-use residential, hotel, and co-working tower, shaped like a giant clamp, at the western gateway to Leeds city center. Depending on the final height, the tower could become the tallest in Leeds. Read more.

Double Helix Design Revealed for Tech Company’s Shenzhen Headquarters


28 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

GroupGSA has revealed its proposal in a design competition to build a tech company’s new headquarters in Shenzhen. The mixed-use tower design was inspired by the repeating hexagons of a carbon atom. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for Portland’s Twin Towers


27 Feb 2018, Portland, United States

An architect has revealed updated renderings of the firm’s proposal to build a pair of interlinking high-rises in Portland’s 13-hectare mixed-use Broadway Corridor site. The taller of the towers, reaching 296 meters, would be the tallest in the city. Read more.

Developer Awards $163 Million Main Contract for Dubai’s Aykon City Tower


27 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has awarded a $163 million contract to China State Construction Engineering Corporation for the construction of a tower in its Aykon City master development. Work on the tower is expected to begin on March 1, 2018. Read more.

London Mayor Rescues Rejected High-Rise Housing Scheme


27 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

The mayor of London has stepped in to rescue a locally rejected 427-unit residential scheme in West London. The development would see five towers built to house retail, office space, and residential units – 40 percent of which would be affordable. Read more.

Chicago’s Aon Center Owners Float Plan for Exterior Elevator to New Observation Deck


26 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of Chicago’s Aon Center are planning to add a glass-sheathed elevator tower to the skyscraper’s exterior to ferry visitors to and from a new observation deck. Once completed, Chicago would have three high-rise observation decks. Read more.

Architect Designs Hotel on Vietnam’s Halong Bay


26 Feb 2018, Halong, Vietnam

Aedas has designed the Alacarte Halong Bay Condotel, a 39-story luxury hotel tower in Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s biggest tourist attractions. The hotel will offer unobstructed views of the UNESCO World Heritage bay and its limestone isles. Read more.

Planning Commission Backs 38-Story Tower in Los Angeles’ Historic Core


26 Feb 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles city planning commissioners approved a condominium tower in the city’s Downtown Historic Core. The building would contain 467 units and 860 parking spaces, which would be shared with nearby buildings. Read more.

Architect Plans Unique Residential Project in Le Havre


26 Feb 2018, Le Havre, France

An architect plans a twisting 19-story residential tower in Le Havre, France. The 70-unit project, overlooking the city’s docks as well as the reconstructed city center, will offer unique floor plans that can be personalized upon request. Read more.

Planning Minister Freezes AU$4.5 Billion Worth of Development in Melbourne


23 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian government has put on hold AU$4.5 billion worth of high-rise apartment projects at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. A government statement said the 26 development applications would be referred to a committee for analysis. Read more.

Architect’s East London Scheme Gets Go-Ahead


23 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect has won planning permission for a major mixed-use development on an 11-hectare site in Newham, East London. The scheme includes five buildings over 20 stories and two buildings in excess of 30 stories. Read more.

Downtown Dallas’ Landmark Tower Petroleum Building is Reopening as a Hotel


23 Feb 2018, Dallas, United States

The 23-story Tower Petroleum Building in Dallas is being converted into a 177-room boutique hotel. Developers have announced that the Art Deco building, located next to the landmark Majestic Theater, is due to open February 27. Read more.

Amara Signature Hotel Opens in Shanghai


22 Feb 2018, Shanghai, China

Amara Hotels & Resorts has opened a new luxury hotel in Shanghai. The 30-story, five-star hotel tower contains 343 rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a 1,100-square-meter ballroom. Read more.

Architect Wins Competition for Dual-Tower Mixed-Use Complex in Rotterdam


22 Feb 2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands

An architect has won a design competition for the third phase of Weenapoint, a mixed-use development in Rotterdam. Located near Rotterdam Central Station, the scheme will include 17,000 square meters of office space, retail, and 300 residences. Read more.

Chinese Developer Lodges Sydney Apartment Tower Plan


22 Feb 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has lodged an application with the City of Parramatta to develop a 21-story mixed-use apartment tower. Designed by Woods Bagot, the 76-meter high-rise will contain more than 100 apartments with retail at the base. Read more.

A Historic Milwaukee Freemason Building Gets a Second Life as a Hotel


22 Feb 2018, Milwaukee, United States

A historic Freemason center in Milwaukee is undergoing a $60 million renovation that will see the three-story building add a 14-story hotel tower on top of its roof. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more.

Banking Giant to Build New Midtown Headquarters in New York City


21 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

A major US bank plans to build a new 232,257-square-meter headquarters at 270 Park Ave. in New York City, the first major project under a city rezoning plan designed to rejuvenate the building stock in one of its biggest job centers. Read more.