The terrorist attacks on 9/11 severely damaged the 7 World Trade Center (WTC7) building, which subsequently collapsed after reportedly succumbing to an uncontrollable fire inside the building. Constructed in 1985, the beautifully granite-clad building was relatively new and its slow but inevitable demise was a devastating sight to witness. Soon after the cleanup of the site, the redesign and construction of a new WTC7 began and was an inspirational sight to all.
Until recently, no buildings in Moscow surpassed the 240-meter Moscow State University—the tallest of the city’s “Seven Sisters” towers built at sites throughout the city during Stalin’s era. But a few years ago, Russia’s new wealth from natural resources started an upward rush.
Many different applications of concrete were used in the design of the tower within a framework of uncomplicated detailing and repetition of elements explain Tanya de Hoog, Les Postawa and Ben John of Thornton Tomasetti.
Defying signs that the global economy is in a major downturn, the 2,074-foot-tall Shanghai Tower, designed by Gensler, broke ground on Friday, November 28. The mixed-use glass-and-steel tower is slated to be the tallest building in China.
Despite a young, charismatic mayor, a rich history, and close proximity to New
York City’s business districts, Newark has been long considered a textbook example of urban blight. Newark’s biggest construction project in decades – the
$375 million New Jersey Devils hockey arena, completed in October 2007 – is
now seen as a symbol of the city’s rejuvenation, not least of all by the people directly involved with it.
Groundbreaking ceremonies held today marked the start of construction of the Shanghai Tower, the city’s latest super-tall building. The 632-meter building, which as things stand will be China’s tallest, was designed by global architecture firm Gensler who say they have used sustainable design strategies and have given prominence to public spaces.
For nearly a century, the New York Times Company and its most celebrated newspaper had been headquartered in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. But when the media giant outgrew its site and the surrounding area underwent extensive commercial redevelopment, the firm’s owners decided to construct a new headquarters building. Their goal: a structure in which the levels of technical and architectural sophistication would mirror the firm’s leading role within the media industry.
Not since the 1970s wave of warehouse-to-loft conversions have so many apartments taken over formerly non-residential structures in New York City. The homes fetch prices up to eight figures, partly because the architects have maintained quirky traces of history. The evidence of the buildings’ past uses – whether as foundries, factories, offices or dowager hotels – is keeping sales steady even in a difficult market. And the passersby benefit too, as exteriors are cleaned and reinforced and long-shuttered ground-floor spaces are reopened to the public.