Issue No.161 // 30 September 2008
 
Paris: History in the making
Copyright Herzog & de Meuron

New policy paves way for first inner city tower since 1977

A historic shift in the French capital’s strict planning rules this summer has opened the way for the first of a series of dramatic new towers. For over thirty years Paris has laid low in the building stakes with a ban on buildings over 37 m in height brought in under Jacques Chirac’s rule when he was Mayor of Paris in 1977. But on Thursday the first tower to be built in the French capital’s inner city, following the lifting of the ban in July, was revealed. Officials in Paris voted to lift a ban on high rise buildings in the French capital in a bid to combat the city’s housing shortage......more

America's greenest tower
One Bryant Park nears completion: The new corporate headquarters for the Bank of America located at One Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan is nearing completion. Designed by New York architect Cook + Fox, the 52 storey glass and steel tower......more

SHL win with harbour design
Harbour masterplan and leisure complex to revitalise Holbaek Harbour: Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won the design competition for the masterplan of Holbaek Harbour in Denmark and for a new sports and leisure complex at the site. The masterplan......more

Breathing polyhedral emblem for Bilbao
The new Health Department headquarters are set to become a distinguished addition to the Basque cityscape: Bilbao, a city with an open and welcoming attitude towards contemporary architecture, is now the proud owner of a new......more

Generali sustainable
The regeneration of La Defense gets a green emblem in Generali Tower: As part of the EPAD’s recently launched campaign “renouveau de la Défense,” the Group Gererali in conjunction with the developer Vinci Immobilier, have unveiled the......more

Have an ogle at Google
Camenzind Evolution present Google-land: Google is not a conventional company, nor does it intend to become one. This is readily apparent in their new offices for Google’s EMEA Engineering Hub in Zurich, Switzerland, where the design cultivates......more

Unconventional living
OFIS ARHITEKTI complete apartment block with convoluted facade: The jutting facade of the recently completed Lace apartment block is constructed by the order of form following function. In Nova Gorica, where these apartments stand, temperatures are the......more

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