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SOM reach new heights
Burj Tower passes half way mark
Skidmore Owings and Merrill are leading the race to construct the world’s tallest building with their 160 storey, 800m Burj in Dubai which has just passed the 82nd floor. The building will soon overtake CY Lee’s TaiPai 101 in Taiwan as the tallest building and SOM’s earlier Sears Tower who’s antenna makes it the highest freestanding structure. Also under construction are SOM’s Freedom Tower in New York at 541 metres and KPF’s World Finance Centre in Shanghai which has also reached the halfway point of its proposed 101 floors. The Council on Tall buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) defines the ranking of tall buildings in three categories: the highest occupied floor, the top of the roof, and the top of the pinnacle (the highest point in the structure of the building). The Burj will exceed all three criteria by a wide margin. The building will be the centerpiece of a large scale, mixed-use development comprised of residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment .............more
Zaha Hadid's art museum in Italy
Zaha Hadid has won a presitgious international competition to design the new Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum in Cagliari, Italy. Envisioned as a project to be completed in three phases, the structure will cover some 12,000 square metres, comprised of Nuragic and .............more
Rafael Vinoly's Performing Arts Centre in Leicester
Leicester's £53 million Performing Arts Centre, designed by renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, is taking shape at the heart of the city's Cultural Quarter. Much of the building's structure is now completed - 1,192 tonnes of steelwork .............more
Steven Holl reveals Danish design
Shaped as five "dancing T's" rotated and placed in a green folded landscape, T-Husene contains commercial and residential space. The T's with coloured and reflective undersides carve the sky. Inspired by twilight and the Scandinavian sky, the t-shaped .............more
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