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The winds of change
Innovative form embraces wind...
SOM have recently announced a new 69 storey, 303 metre tower, in Guangzhou, for China National Tobacco Corp. The Pearl River Tower epitomizes the super tall corporate headquarters building of tomorrow: an iconic, high performance structure that is designed in such harmony with its environment that it potentially produces as much energy as it consumes. The building’s sculptural form guides wind to a pair of openings at its mechanical floors. The rapid winds push turbines that generate energy for the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems................more
 
Deventer City Hall/ Library
Dutch practice Neutelings Riedijk Architects, have recently won a competition for a New City Hall and Library in Deventer, Holland. The 24,000m² structure blends into the very heart of the old medieval city centre. A new block-like public space is sunk into the ground below the main cupola-shaped element of the building, and houses the library and the service counters of the municipality...............more
 
RMJM in Liverpool
Mersey Property Company Ltd has submitted a planning application for a major mixed use scheme in Liverpool. The centrepiece of the development is an elegant 135 bedroom hotel and a residential tower with 183 apartments extending to 36 storeys high designed by RMJM. The development also accommodates offices, mixed commercial uses and car parking for over 330 vehicles. At the heart of the grand design is a semi-enclosed plaza with cafes and seating areas, enjoying views ...............more
 
European Central Bank, Frankfurt
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, designers of a new building for the European Central Bank (ECB) on the site of the Grossmarkthalle (Wholesale Market) in Frankfurt are aiming to start construction next year after the project went to planning this March. The building is fashioned from three basic elements: the Grossmarkthalle ...............more
 
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