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    'Twisted' Zaha Hadid tower under construction in Milan as one of triplet




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    A ‘twisted’ tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is currently under construction as part of a project which will dramatically alter the skyline of Milan, Italy. Forming part of the CityLife Milano masterplan, and situated in the city’s historic Fiera district, The LEED Gold certified Hadid Tower (Torre Hadid) will be 170m high with 44 floors.


    Containing both commercial and office space, with a shopping area which connects to the metro station, the Hadid Tower is being built alongside the 220m Arata Isozaki & AssociatesTower (‘the straight one’) and the 150m Daniel Libeskind Tower (‘the curved one’).


    Designed with a distinctive twisted shape and dubbed ‘Lo storto’ (the Twisted One) the retail section situated at the bottom of the tower rises and twists to give way to a galleria and promenade. These twisting lines continue up through the tower to form a vertical 'spiralling vector'.


    This twisting design is made possible by using a conventional central core with a radial display of columns to support the load. According to ZHA: “The structure of the tower is conceived as a stack of equivalent, economically efficient floor slabs that incrementally twist about a vertical axis.”


    The sheer height of this office tower will also mean users have sweeping views from the Piazza Firenze to the Piazza Giovanni Amendola. As well as this, attention has been paid to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible with the tower’s external skin containing a system of sun-deflecting louvers flanked by a double layer of glazing,


    The three towers together will hold close to 10,000 people and will feature an art museum, a shopping district and a pavilion. The Libeskind Tower has been designed by Daniel Libeskind, renowned for his design of the new World Trade Centre in New York, with the Isozaki Tower being designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and set to become one of Italy’s tallest http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=21879

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    Columbus, Ind.: A Midwestern Mecca Of Architecture


    Columbus, Ind., looks like any other small town, with its small shops and restaurants. But what sets this town apart is its architecture.


    The Modernist buildings — mostly geometric and made of glass and steel — are not immediately visible, interspersed as they are with old, 19th-century, gingerbread-like structures; but more than 60 public buildings in Columbus have been built by a veritable who's who of modern masters — I.M. Pei, Eero and Eliel Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, Robert Venturi and James Polshek, to name a few...


    An interesting quote in the article: "Mediocrity is expensive."


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    Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Announces 2015 Urban Habitat Award Winner




    On Wednesday, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the winner and finalists for its 2015 Urban Habitat Award. CTBUH's Urban Habitat Award, launched in 2014, recognizes buildings that are both environmentally sustainable, and socially conscious of the setting they inhabit. This year's winner, Parkroyal on Pickering, by WOHA, in Singapore, was selected for its intelligent use of public space and successfully incorporating nature into its design. Located in Singapore's dense city center, Parkroyal makes use of planted valleys, gullies, and waterfalls in order to integrate greenery on both the inside and outside of the building—proving that nature can still be preserved within a city center.


    “This project's design has demonstrated how a ‘building-as-a-garden’ can enhance the quality of the city and enrich the human condition,” Karl Fender, Hon. AIA, CTBUH awards juror and the founding director of Fender Katsalidis, said in a press release.


    The finalists for the award were: Chatswood Transport Interchange (CTI) by Cox Richardson Architects & Planners in Sydney; d'Leedon by Zaha Hadid Architects in Singapore; Jing An Kerry Centre by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in Shanghai; and Tour Carpe Diem by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in Paris.


    CTBUH also recently announced its 2015 Performance and Innovation Award winners, Chifley Tower, by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, in Sydney, and Holedeck, a product manufactured in Madrid.


    Read more about the CTBUH 2015 Urban Habitat Award winner, Parkroyal on Pickering, here.


    Selin Ashaboglu is an editorial intern for ARCHITECT. Follow her on Twitter at @AshaboguS.



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    MAD's landmark tower proposal seeks to reconnect Melbourne citizens with nature

    MAD architects has revealed its proposal for the ‘southbank by beulah’ tower competition. in contrast to melbourne’s typical glass, box-like buildings, MAD’s design incorporates forms that resemble mountains, trees, and clouds in an attempt to reconnect citizens with nature. the proposal is competing against entries from other high-profile firms, including BIG, coop himmelb(l)au, MVRDV, OMA, and UNStudio with the result to be announced on august 8, 2018.




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    When there no restrictions on height the innovative possibilities are expanded. This is admittedly odd but if they pull it off it will be Melbourne’s signature landmark building 

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    Winner has been disclosed for the 356m tower and its UN Studio & Cox Architecture's Green Spine proposal. Southbank is showcasing a jaw-dropping medley of supertalls


    I've been living in Melbourne though for only one year but I still regularly visit my parents there and this city is on the top of my list in terms of Economic growth, Employment, safety, culture , infrastructure and innovation. Only bummer is the very expensive cost of housing that forces you within the suburban outskirts

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