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C. F. Møller Architects , together with SLA and Rambøll , have been selected by a unanimous jury as the winners of a large competition to design an extension to the University of Copenhagen ‘s Panum complex on Blegdamsvej in the heart of Copenhagen . The expansion will make a significant impact in the cityscape, with a science tower which will form an identity-creating, sculptural focal point for the entire Nørre Campus. The project also includes an urban park which will benefit both the Panum building and the surrounding city. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world's tallest building at 828 metres. Photograph: Reuters China could be the next country to go bust, if its headlong rush to build ever-taller skyscrapers is a guide to its future economic health. According to a study by Barclays Capital, the mania for skyscrapers over the last 140 years is a sure indicator of an imminent crash.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects has recently won the international architectural competition to design a 188 meter office tower in the financial district of central Warsaw , Poland . The 60,000 m2 high-rise building is to replace the existing ‘Ilmet’ building and will stand out as a modern landmark clearly identifiable in the Warsaw skyline by its unique elegant shape and appearance. The Jury was impressed by the high quality and innovation evident in the urban, architectural and technical concepts of the winning design. The future building will offer a number of attractive public areas and serve to complement the project’s prominent setting, as well as the entire neighborhood. Sustainability was an important issue as the building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status.
The tower E.I.O.5 is a social housing project, located in a newly developped central area of Barcelona known as Plaça Europa (Europa Square). The urban model of the Europa Square provides a generous public space opened to each side of Gran Via and includes 26 mainly residential towers whose height vary between 15 and 20 floors. Tower 5 is located in the farthest crown from the Gran Via which runs half- undergrounded. In all the buildings of the last ring, most of them public housing produced by different promoters, the master planning laws fixed the floor dimension not to exceed 24x24m, as well as height in which should be located the first floor structure (slab) and the crowing point of the towers.
first image 'new police centre + extension of charleroi danses' by ateliers jean nouvel + MDW architecture, charleroi, belgium images © ateliers jean nouvel + MDW architecture all images courtesy of MDW architecture paris-based ateliers jean nouvel and brussels-based MDW architecture have collaborated to create the winning proposal 'new police centre + extension of charleroi danses', an extension to a brownfield site containing retired barracks of caserne defeld in charleroi, belgium. dating from the 19th century, the established structures of the grounds and old arena will be transformed into a village for contemporary dance and a cultural venue for street art and artists. the police station will be housed within two existing cavalry buildings while the adjacent central square will present a new 75 meter tall tower. an elliptical footprint rises into a tapering form clad with vertical blue bands which radiate into the encompassing brick plaza leading to the ancillary structures.
Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron have designed this apartment tower with overhanging floor plates and terraces for Beirut, Lebanon. Created as part of a wider masterplan to regenerate this area of the city that includes a marina, the building will comprise five different modular floor slabs used in varying combinations to create a mixture of overhangs and terraces. The building will have vegetation on the terraces to provide privacy and in the main entrance space to act as continuation of the neighbouring green boulevard.
Zaha Hadid Architects have released new renders of a 200-metre-high commercial complex designed for Beijing. The Wangjing Soho complex will comprise three large pebble-shaped buildings overlooking a road that leads to Beijing Capital Airport. A three-storey retail podium will occupy the basement, ground and first floors of the buildings, while up to 37 floors of offices will be located above. Three underground floors will provide car parking. We recently featured Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics on Dezeen - see all our stories about Zaha Hadid Architects here . Here are a few more details from the architects:
Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower in Barcelona , designed by the architect Enric Massip-Bosch_EMBA and developed by Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, has been awarded the LEAF PRIZE 2011 for Best Commercial Building of the Year. LEAF AWARDS are one of the most prestigious international yearly architecture prizes. The best practices around the world compete in the different categories of these coveted awards with their most significant projects.
HENN have won the first prize in the international competition to design the Haikou Tower in Haikou , China. More information and images after the break. Masterplan Haikou Towers are projected to become the heart of the new Central Business District of Haikou, the capital city of Hainan, a tropical island in the in the South China Sea. The Masterplan comprises an ensemble of 10 Towers ranging from 150 to 450 meters height with an overall building area of 1.5 million square meters. Two facing series of towers line up along the central axis of the new Central Business District and culminates in two landmark towers framing the central plaza of the district.