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Even More Towers Planned for London, Study Shows


17 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

According to the annual London Tall Buildings Survey, carried out by New London Architecture and property consultant GL Hearn, 263 tall buildings over 20 stories are either proposed, have been approved, or are currently being built in the city. Read more.

Industrial Johannesburg High-Rise To Become Plant-Covered Apartment Block


17 Mar 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Architects have unveiled a proposal to transform a 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg into luxury apartments and a hotel, with balconies covered in plants. The renovation is expected to complete by May 2016. Read more.

Sales Launched For High-Rise Complex In Quezon City


17 Mar 2015, Quezon City, Philippines

The second tower of High Park, a high-rise development set to rise on a site in Quezon City’s Vertis North, was launched on March 11. The Vertis North area is turning out to be Quezon City’s first true central business and lifestyle district. Read more.

SOM To Design New Egyptian Capital City Near Cairo


16 Mar 2015, Cairo, Egypt

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill says Egypt’s new $45 billion capital city will be designed and built to meet the needs of a modern city with a burgeoning economy. The new city will alleviate pressure on Greater Cairo’s struggling infrastructure. 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.

Wooden High-Rise Complex Proposed in Stockholm


16 Mar 2015, Stockholm, Sweden

Architects have designed a new high-rise development with 240 apartments in Stockholm. The complex will comprise four towers built using heavy timber. The towers will feature spaces that capitalize on sunlight and the adjacent sea. Read more.

NBBJ London Proposal Offers A Solution To Skyscraper Shadows


13 Mar 2015, London, United Kingdom

NBBJ is offering a solution to the issue of shadows in dense urban areas. Using computer modeling, architects have figured out a design that would reduce the shadows cast by two theoretical towers by as much as 60 percent. Read more.

SOM Designs New Four Seasons In Bahrain


13 Mar 2015, Manama, Bahrain

The distinguished hotel chain Four Seasons has opened its doors in Bahrain’s capital city Manama in the form of a new tower, becoming the tallest building in the country. The 68–story hotel acts as a striking gateway to the fast-evolving city. Read more.

65-Story, Garden-Centric Condo Tower Planned For East 37th In New York City


13 Mar 2015, New York City, United States

A tall, slender condo tower designed is headed for East 37th Street in New York City. The design for the tower, which is bisected by five open-air gardens, debuted in Cannes, France as part of MIPIM, an international property event. Read more.

The One Would Be Toronto’s Tallest


12 Mar 2015, Toronto, Canada

Plans have been brought forward for The One, an 80-story retail and residential skyscraper proposed for Toronto. The tower would be the city’s – and Canada’s--next tallest building, topping off at 318 meters. Read more.

RSHP Reveals Tower Project in Bogotá


12 Mar 2015, Bogotá, Colombia

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled its proposal for two 200-meter-tall towers in Bogotá, Colombia. The major mixed-use project, named Atrio, will be connected at ground level by a large public space. Read more.

$500 Million 706 Mission St. to Break Ground in San Francisco


12 Mar 2015, San Francisco, United States

After more than a decade of planning, workers will break ground this summer on San Francisco’s 706 Mission St., a $500 million luxury condo and office high-rise, and the future home of the Mexican Museum. Read more.

New Renderings Emerge for West Loop Mixed-Use High-Rise in Chicago


11 Mar 2015, Chicago, United States

A handful of new renderings of 590 West Madison have surfaced on the Web, along with a stacking plan showing that 11 floors will be devoted to hotel rooms. The plans also show that the 177-meter tower will have two restaurants. Read more.

$700 Million Mixed-Use Project Launched in Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City


11 Mar 2015, Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City, Kuwait

A Kuwait-based developer has launched the Al Khiran development, a new $700 million mixed-use project in Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City, which will consist of two high-rise residential towers, one furnished apartment tower, and a marina. Read more.

Fire Scorches Wisma Kosgoro Building in Jakarta


11 Mar 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

The 20-story Wisma Kosgoro office building in Jakarta caught fire on the evening of March 9, damaging the 16th floor and several floors above, but resulting in no casualties. The building caught fire not long after the end of office hours. Read more.

BSB Builds 57-Story Prefabricated Skyscraper in Changsha


10 Mar 2015, Changsha, China

Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) has released a time-lapse video of the construction of J57, the company’s latest building: a 57-floor, 80,000-square-meter skyscraper, fully built with energy-efficient, factory-produced, Lego-like blocks. Read more.

Backstage On The Esplanade Approaching Final Height in Toronto


10 Mar 2015, Toronto, Canada

Construction is approaching a major milestone at Backstage On The Esplanade, with the tower now very close to topping out. The 36-story building has been rising steadily across the street from the L Tower for several months now. Read more.

First Major Tower Deal at Liverpool Waters


10 Mar 2015, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Developers will soon confirm a construction start date for the first major residential tower at the $8.3 billion Liverpool Waters scheme. The tower, located at Princess Dock, will cost $98 million and rise 40 stories. Read more.

High-Rise Project in the Works Near Tokyo Station


09 Mar 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Property developers will spend more than $5 billion on a high-rise project at Tokyo Station, taking advantage of looser building codes meant to help Japan's capital attract foreign multinationals. Read more.

Oklahoma Architects Plan Tornado-Shaped Skyscraper in Tulsa


09 Mar 2015, Tulsa, United States

Architects in Oklahoma have planned a skyscraper called Tornado Tower. Plans for the funnel cloud-shaped tower currently range from the equivalent of 20 to 30 stories in height, and would feature multiple floors with outdoor terraces. Read more.

Plans for 50-Story Skyscraper in Birmingham Are Ditched


09 Mar 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Plans for a 50-story skyscraper, which would have been Birmingham’s tallest building, have officially been abandoned. An alternative proposal for the Arena Central site, which is much smaller in scale, will go ahead instead. Read more.

Renzo Piano to Design Next Big Residential Project in Sydney's Barangaroo South


06 Mar 2015, Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s Barangaroo South will soon see its own Renzo Piano creation, with the Pritzker Prize-winning architect announced as the designer for the precinct’s next stage of residential apartments. Read more.

19-Floor High-Rise Planned for Luxembourg


06 Mar 2015, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Developers in the Esch/Alzette commune of Luxembourg are hoping to get planning permission for a new landmark building in the form of a 60-meter high-rise containing offices and flats on Boulevard J.F. Kennedy. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Residential High-Rise at 172 Madison, New York City


06 Mar 2015, New York City, United States

According to the developer, every feature, service, and amenity of the 34-floor 172 Madison Avenue has been tailored to fit the genuine needs and “wish list” items of the current Manhattan condominium buyer. Read more.

Goettsch Partners Designs New Warsaw Tower Development


05 Mar 2015, Warsaw, Poland

Goettsch Partners have been retained by developers to design the Mennica Legacy Tower, a development located in the Central Business District of Warsaw at the intersection of Prosta and Żelazna Streets. Read more.

Bangalore to Allow Helipads Atop 20 High-Rise Buildings


05 Mar 2015, Bangalore, India

As Bangalore’s elite look skywards for a way out of the city's traffic congestion, 20 high-rise buildings, including 10 residential towers, have been given clearances to have helipads for commercial and personal use. Read more.

Newark’s Four Corners Millennium Project Revealed


05 Mar 2015, Newark, United States

A developer is planning a mixed-use skyscraper with over 700 residential units, in addition to hotel, retail, and office space in Newark, New Jersey. Renderings of the project indicate that it will rise approximately 80 stories. Read more.

New Supertall Unveiled in Dubai


04 Mar 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Al Wasl Tower has been planned to overlook Sheik Zayed Road, the main thoroughfare of the city. The tower represents one of the first supertalls proposed for the city since the 2008 financial crisis. Read more.

Construction of Casablanca's Al Noor Tower to Start in June


04 Mar 2015, Casablanca, Morocco

Construction of the 540-meter Al Noor Tower Morocco in Casablanca is tentatively planned to commence in June, raising the prospect of superseding South Africa’s 223-meter Carlton Centre in Johannesburg as the tallest building in Africa. Read more.

Chicago’s Willis Tower Said Put Up For Sale


04 Mar 2015, Chicago, United States

Chicago’s Willis Tower, once the world’s tallest building and one of the city’s top tourist attractions, is up for sale. The owners have hired a brokerage to market the 110-story skyscraper, which may fetch around $1.5 billion. Read more.