Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

HOK Tall Buildings
Author: HOK

Gordon Goff, 2014

Cover:   Paperback, 319 pages

Language: English

ISBN: 9781941806227

As a firm that has been exploring the high-rise condition for over half a century, HOK has become one of the “big kids on the block” when it comes to building world-class skyscrapers. HOK Tall Buildings profiles many of the firm’s recently completed and under-construction projects around the world, as well as some of its visions and competition entries that never came to fruition.

Projects featured in the book hail from every corner of the globe and are illustrated through colorful renderings, photographs, section drawings, site plans, and sketches. Iconic projects such as the Baku Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan make an appearance, as well as the eagerly anticipated Capital Market Authority Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Despite an abundant amount of imagery, there is much to be desired in terms of descriptive text. A myriad of questions and fascinations run through the mind when viewing this work, many of which are left to the imagination in the absence of elaboration on HOK’s part. For instance, Bakrie Tower – an interesting project in Jakarta that gyrates upward with rotating floor plates – is given a mere four-sentence summary. Nonetheless, the book is a great addition to the coffee table collection, and is sure to garner interest from industry professionals and the general public alike.

Reviewed by Jason Gabel,
CTBUH Communications Manager