The Sax: MVRDV-designed towers to create a striking modern icon in Rotterdam

July 13, 2017 by  
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Prolific architecture firm MVRDV has won a competition to design new mixed-use towers for Rotterdam that are sure to turn heads. Designed for the Wilhelminapier port development, the project, called The Sax, comprises two interconnected towers with an eye-catching contemporary facade. The Sax will house a mix of residential, retail, restaurant space, and public areas and function like a “vertical city.” The 51-story Sax will cover a total surface area of 82,000 square meters across two structures—the Philadelphia and Havana residential towers—connected with an air bridge, where a 150-room hotel will be located. The new high-rise is set to rise between the New Luxor Theater and the Boston & Seattle residential areas. The Sax will include 450 apartments , a hotel, wellness center, parking, public viewing platform, and a lively plinth with numerous commercial facilities such as restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes at street level. Related: MVRDV to upgrade historic French city with modern, ecological design “Rotterdam is more and more a city of towers and The Sax will add a new element to this collection,” says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV. “The façade features a contemporary reinterpretation of the bay window, providing views for each unit with the advantage of allowing individual and unique apartments in this large collective complex. This windowed effect adds an extra dimension in experiencing the view onto Rotterdam. The plinth and the bridge which contains a hotel will be open to the public making Wilheminapier even more lively.” All apartments will be filled with natural light and have access to 270-degree panoramic views of Nieuwe Maas and city. The public viewing terrace is located on top of the hotel at 80 meters high. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV, WAX Architectural Visualizations, Wikipedia

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The view from this floating 40-story-high pool will totally freak you out

April 10, 2017 by  
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If you like your relaxing swim to come with a side of sheer terror, we’ve got just the swimming pool for you – floating over the street 40 stories in the sky. The pool at Market Square Towers in Houston cantilevers from the roof 500 feet above Market Square, so you can do a leisurely backstroke literally above it all, assuming you are brave enough. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Market Square Tower offers a living experience like nothing Houston has ever seen before. Come live the tower life. #luxuryliving #glassbottompool #livethetowerlife#marketsquaretower #tallestpoolintexas Call 713-777-7000 to schedule a tour or visit our website for more information: http://www.marketsquaretower.com. Posted by Market Square Tower on Thursday, April 6, 2017 The pool extends beyond the edge of the building, 500 feet up in the air, with an 8-inch thick plexiglass bottom that lets you see the bustling world below. Market Square Towers showed off their floating pool on their Facebook page , thrilling or terrifying viewers, depending on how you feel about heights. The tower is located at 777 Preston in Houston and, as you can imagine, people have been have an Instagram field day with photos from the hair-raising pool. Would you swim in an infinity pool like this? Freaky!!! #downtownhouston #marketsquare #infinitypool #skyrise A post shared by Lisa Forbus (@blackforestmom67) on Apr 9, 2017 at 6:28am PDT Swimmers high in the sky. #somanybutts A post shared by Traci Ling | HTX (@traciling) on Apr 8, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT Related: Glass-bottomed sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air The pool is only accessible to residents, so if you want to swim there, you will have to shell out anywhere from about $1,800 a month for 564 square feet up to $18,715 for nearly 3,000 square feet. And for those who just aren’t feeling the pool-in-the-sky scene, the complex has a more traditional pool on the fourth floor of the building. + Market Square Towers via Chron and Inside Swimming in the sky! This is the view from the balcony of our South Penthouse ??? We have 4 Penthouses available for lease. #MarketSquareTower #luxury #highrise #houston #TallestPoolInTexas A post shared by Market Square Tower (@marketsquaretower) on Apr 7, 2017 at 10:12am PDT

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China’s first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing

February 2, 2017 by  
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Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, China with the Nanjing Towers . The two green towers could provide the city with a breath of fresh air, producing around 132 pounds of oxygen every day as they absorb carbon dioxide. They’ll accomplish this air-cleaning feat with 1,100 flourishing trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants . The two towers at 656 feet and 354 feet tall will rise above the Nanjing Pukou District, which Stefano Boeri Architetti’s press release describes as an area that will likely lead modernization efforts in the south of China’s Jiangsu province and help develop a Yangtze River economic zone. Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned Investment Group Company Limited is promoting the towers and is listed by Stefano Boeri Architetti as an investor in the project. Related: Vertical forest Mountain Hotel will clean the air in Guizhou, China The taller tower will hold offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club. The second tower will host a 247-room Hyatt hotel and rooftop swimming pool. A podium 65 feet high will include shops, restaurants, and a conference hall. Balconies on the buildings will allow inhabitants to get up close to the nature thriving on the building facades. 600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees will grow on the towers, and Stefano Boeri Architetti says the trees and cascading plants will help regenerate biodiversity in the area. Not only will the green towers be the first in China, but in all of Asia . And they probably won’t be the last – the ambitious architecture firm aims to design vertical forests in Shanghai, Guizhou, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, and Chongqing. Stefano Boeri Architetti aims to continue to popularize the concept with a book edited by their China office and published by Tongji University Press, A Forest City . The book is scheduled to come out in April. The Nanjing Towers are slated for completion in 2018. + Stefano Boeri Architetti Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore

March 16, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atrium building , classroom design , concrete , concrete panels , educational architecture , Heatherwick Studio , natural ventilation , Singapore , thomas heatherwick , towers , university

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Tilting Towers in Shanghai Deemed by Inspectors as Safe to Live In

December 1, 2014 by  
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A little bit of tilting is no big deal, right? Just ask the Leaning Tower of Pisa . At least, that’s what officials in Shanghai declared last week after a pair of 15-story high leaning buildings were declared perfectly safe for inhabitation. The apartment buildings were constructed in 2012 and since then, they have started to lean so much that they appear to be holding each other up. Officials checked the buildings out and despite cracks and crumbling concrete, the buildings were declared safe for inhabitation. Read the rest of Tilting Towers in Shanghai Deemed by Inspectors as Safe to Live In Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chuansha Town , Chuansha Town Towers , leaning shanghai towers , leaning towers , Pudong New Area , Pudong New Area of Chuansha Town , Pudong New Area Towers , Shanghia Towers , Tilting Shanghai towers , Xinyuan Real Estate , Xinyuan Real Estate leaning towers , Xinyuan Real Estate tilting towers

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

September 11, 2014 by  
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Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

August 6, 2013 by  
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SHoP Architects recently broke ground on their Dancing Towers complex on Manhattan’s East Side and we’re not surprised to hear that they might be considering adding some storm resistance measures to the building’s design. In an interview with The New York Times, a managing partner at JDS Development, the project’s developer, said that he might want to build eight-foot floodgates into the towers and install emergency power outlets that would still work in the event of a blackout. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dancing Towers , flooding protection , green buildings , Hurricane Sandy , JDS Development , manhattan , Michael Stern , New York. , shop architects , turtle bay        

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Buro Ole Scheeren Unveils Plans for Green-Roofed DUO Towers in Singapore

November 15, 2012 by  
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Asymptote Architecture’s Prefab Velo Towers are Topped With Green Roofs and a Soaring Skybridge

June 15, 2012 by  
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BIG Unveils Award-Winning Green-Roofed Interlocking Cross # Towers for Seoul

May 3, 2012 by  
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