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Jeddah Tower Reaches 63rd Floor as Infrastructure Works Progress


08 Feb 2018, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Construction on Saudi Arabia’s $1.5 billion Jeddah Tower has reached the 63rd floor, with shell and cladding work to be completed next year. Scheduled for a 2020 completion date, Jeddah Tower will be more than 1,000 meters tall. Read more.

London Approves Controversial ITV Centre Plans


08 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect’s plans to redevelop the London Television Centre with a taller tower and replacement headquarters building have won planning permission. The two-part scheme includes a 31-story tower with 213 new homes. Read more.

New York City’s 250 West 81st Street Condo Tower Tops Out


08 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

The Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed 250 West 81st Street condo tower in Manhattan’s Upper West Side has now topped out. Standing at 72.8 meters tall, the 18-story building will feature 31 apartments. Read more.

Architects Combine on Frankfurt High-Rise Complex


07 Feb 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

Four new high-rise towers are set to transform Frankfurt’s skyline as two architects have joined forces to carry out work on the FOUR Frankfurt complex. The mixed-use high-rises will range in height from 100 to 229 meters. Read more.

Smart Brickell Hotel and Residential Complex Coming to Miami


07 Feb 2018, Miami, United States

A developer is planning a three-tower hotel and residential project in downtown Miami that’s set to open in 2020. The complex will feature 170 condominiums and 150 hotel rooms across the three 20-story-plus towers. Read more.

Plans Submitted for Multi-Building Project in Melbourne


07 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A property developer has submitted plans for a new AU$350 million residential development in Melbourne’s newest high-rise suburb, Box Hill. The project includes two 18-story towers and one six-story building. Read more.

Student Tower to Rise in Preston


06 Feb 2018, Preston, United Kingdom

A 20-story, 72-meter student housing tower would become the second-tallest building in the northern English city of Preston, plugging a gap in the city’s skyline as well as providing much-needed accommodation. Read more.

Three-Tower Office Project to Rise in Zhengzhou


06 Feb 2018, Zhengzhou, China

The Zhenghong Property Air Harbour Office Project is to rise along the Yellow River in Zhengzhou. The blocks are connected by shared facilities and rooftop terraces to deliver three-dimensional vertical urban spaces. Read more.

JW Marriott Brand to Make Tampa Debut in $3 Billion Master-Planned Development


06 Feb 2018, Tampa, United States

The JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts luxury brand will construct a new hotel in the Water Street Tampa district, adding 519 rooms to a $3 billion waterfront development that will see some 18 buildings constructed across 5.2 hectares when complete. Read more.

New York’s Empire State Building’s Upper Observation Deck to Be Overhauled


06 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

Plans have been revealed for a revamp of the exterior of the 102nd-floor observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building. The plans would remove the existing windows and lower structure, replacing them with floor-to-ceiling windows. Read more.

Newark Developers Propose 11-Story Timber High-Rise


05 Feb 2018, Newark, United States

Developers have planned an 11-story timber high-rise for the Riverfront Square redevelopment project in Newark. The city’s building code currently restricts timber construction to six stories, but developers are hoping for an exemption. Read more.

A Circular Office Tower is Planned in Lódz


05 Feb 2018, Lódz, Poland

An architecture firm has released plans for a 13-story, 31,000-square-meter cylindrical office building across from the newly developed train station in Lódz, Poland. The developers will break ground in the summer of 2018. Read more.

Developer Launches Student Accommodation Tower in Brisbane


05 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A developer of student housing has announced the launch of Student One Wharf Street, a 753-bed, 40-story student accommodation high-rise in Brisbane. The AU$120 million, 122-meter high Wharf Street tower completed in 2017. Read more.

Manchester High-Rise Construction Continues After Contractor Switch


02 Feb 2018, Manchester, United Kindgom

Work has restarted on the Angel Gardens Tower project in Manchester after a replacement contractor was found, following the previous firm’s collapse. The 466-unit, 110-meter project, part of the NOMA regeneration, has not suffered delays. Read more.

Four Fulton Market Office Projects Top Chicago Plan Commission’s Agenda


02 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

The development boom in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood looks to keep on rolling with no less than four new Fulton Market office projects slated to go before the city’s Plan Commission for approval in February. Read more.

Architect’s Proposal for China Merchants Bank Headquarters in Shenzhen is Revealed


02 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

A Dutch architect has revealed its design competition proposal for a major development in Shenzhen. Located along the city’s waterfront, the new global headquarters of a major Chinese bank seeks to form a part of the city’s coastline. Read more.

Two 50-Story-Plus Residential Towers Proposed for Chicago’s Fulton Market District


01 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

Developer Related Midwest presented plans for two residential buildings in Chicago’s booming Fulton Market district. One will rise 58 stories and contain 370 apartments, a hotel, and fitness club; the 51-story tower will contain 300 condos. Read more.

Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Reaches Final Height in Fort Lauderdale


01 Feb 2018, Fort Lauderdale, United States

The two-tower Auberge Beach Residences & Spa development in Fort Lauderdale has reached its final height along the Atlantic coast. The 171-unit project now stands at 23 and 17 stories, and contains units ranging from one to five bedrooms. Read more.

Proposal Submitted for ‘Subtropical’ Apartment Tower in Brisbane’s West End


01 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

An application has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council for a 12-story residential tower in the heart of West End. The development comprises 446 units, retail space, and communal open space on the roof of the tower. Read more.

Architect Reveals Rendering of Mirrored “Crystal Rock” Office Block in Germany


01 Feb 2018, Esslingen, Germany

A Dutch architecture firm has unveiled plans for a 12-story office block with an interactive mirrored façade in the city of Esslingen in southern Germany. The square grid façade will give the building a 3D profile resembling a pixelated map. Read more.

Brisbane’s Herston Quarter Approved for Construction


31 Jan 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A pivotal component of Brisbane’s Herston Quarter health precinct is a step closer following the approval of an AU$347 million specialist rehabilitation care center. The health center will include numerous high-rise buildings. Read more.

Foundation Work Underway on The Pinnacle Tower in Nairobi


31 Jan 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

Foundation work is underway at The Pinnacle Tower, which will be Africa’s tallest skyscraper once completed in 2020. The high-rise will stand 320 meters and 70 stories tall, with a 275-meter observation deck with views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Read more.

Tech Giant’s Seattle Headquarters Opens Rainforest Spheres


31 Jan 2018, Seattle, United States

The world’s largest online retailer has opened The Spheres complex on its high-rise campus in Seattle. The Spheres’ three glass domes house some 40,000 plants and contain walkways and unconventional meeting spaces for employees. Read more.

Spire Installation at the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg is Complete


30 Jan 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia

The installation of the Lakhta Center’s spire has been completed. The 462-meter-tall, 86-story high-rise in St. Petersburg will be the tallest building in Europe once complete, which developers expect to happen by the end of 2018. Read more.

Architect Appointed for Zhejiang World Trade Center Redevelopment in Hangzhou


30 Jan 2018, Hangzhou, China

An architect has been chosen to redevelop the Zhejiang World Trade Center complex in Hangzhou, China, which was originally built in 1987. The project will add underground commercial space connecting the complex to the Metro system. Read more.

Chinese Developer Confirms Sale of Sydney’s Circular Quay, Gold Coast’s Jewel Projects


29 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has confirmed the sale of its Australian real estate projects to an unnamed investor. The two projects, One Circular Quay in Sydney and Jewel at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, are both under construction. Read more.

Historic England “Unable to Support” Scheme for Manchester’s St. Michael’s Tower


29 Jan 2018, Manchester, Untied Kingdom

Preservation group Historic England has said that it is unable to support an architect’s reworked design for the proposed St. Michael’s Tower development in downtown Manchester backed by two former footballers. Read more.

Detroit’s Leland Hotel to be Renovated


29 Jan 2018, Detroit, Untied States

The former Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit is expected to undergo a $120 million-plus renovation that will convert the building into a mix of 339 affordable and market-rate apartments and add a 650-space parking deck. Read more.

Sydney’s Westpac Place Sold


26 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

The world’s largest real estate owner is selling its 50 percent share in Sydney’s Westpac Place high-rise in a transaction that is expected to yield more than AU$800 million. The 35-story tower features 74,593 square meters of office space. Read more.

New Renderings Show Completed Wolf Point Skyscrapers in Chicago


26 Jan 2018, Chicago, Unites States

A set of renderings recently shared by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects provides an updated look at Chicago’s Wolf Point mega-development. The renderings reveal additional details about the site’s third tower, which will rise 289.5 meters. Read more.