Issue No.111 // 02 December 2008
China sprouts first ever super-tall district

Ground breaks on third of trio of towers in Shanghai’s Luijiazui Finance and Trade Zone

A 632 m tower designed by Gensler breaks ground today in Shanghai to complete a trio of new super-tall towers revolutionising China’s architectural record. Shanghai Tower will join and rise above the recently appraised ‘Best Tall Building Overall’ by the CTBUH, Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower in the Luijiazui Finance and Trade Zone as China’s first ever super-tall district. The tower, commissioned by Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co., Ltd, will be the tallest in China with the highest open air observation deck in the world. Consisting of office space, a luxury hotel, retail and cultural......more

Constructive simplicity and visual complexity
Brazilian office design utilizes simplicity of design to economic and dramatic effect: This project required the design of two very economic office towers, but with great visual impact as a response to its context, a point of great visibility......more

Philly reaches new heights
Mixed use tower set to reinvent Philadelphia skyline: What has been a parking lot of over 20 years between 18th and Arch in the centre of Philly might soon become the location of the tallest skyscraper in the East Coast city. The new design promises to join the......more

A last statement from I M Pei
The new Museum of Islamic Arts, Qatar opens its doors: Today marks the opening of the new Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, Qatar. Veteran architect I M Pei designed the new development, which was commissioned by the rulers......more

Curling Dragon Crouching Tiger completes
tvsdesign complete phase one of Nanjing Conference Center: Construction of the first phase of the Nanjing International Conference and Exhibition Center has completed and is now open to the public. Located in the vibrant commercial heart of the......more

Seilern has a rocky start...
Living within the rock with spectacular views, Forrester Estate represents a landmark in context and experience: A private residence on site in Zimbabwe’s Forrester Estate, an agricultural farmland one hour’s drive north of the capital......more

Ofis do their homework
Competition win means Parisian students spoilt with swish halls of residence: Ofis arhitekti of Slovenia have won an invited competition to design a new 180 studio student residence in Paris’s 19th district Stade de Ladoumègue complex. Part of an......more

from around the world
Obama's ambitions for architecture
WAN win Website of the Year at IBP Awards
goes to Parr House
From the UK's new housing initiative to the death of the father of the Sydney Opera'll find the latest news In Brief
“With WAN, the exposure and coverage that the interview room gets across the worldwide architecture population is quite frankly superb.”
Ummar Yousef, the interview room, London.

To promote your agency and its services to architecture firms globally, call Dominic on +44 20 7332 0050 or email


Click here to unsubscribe from WAN News Review