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* Architecture: Zaha Hadid Office Tower Citylife Milano

Posted by the editors on Monday, 18 February 2013

Zaha Hadid Office Tower Citylife Milano

Architecture: Zaha Hadid Office Tower Citylife Milano: “..the citylife project located in the heart of milan — in the centre of the historic fiera area, immersed in a park of 160,000 square metres..(one of europe’s largest pedestrianized zones) — involved a group of architects rather than a single designer: zaha hadidarata isozaki and daniel libeskind..citylife brings a new model for work and leisure to the city, an area to be enjoyed on foot or by bicycle, with traffic circulating only the centre of the project is the business district — three office towers in the ‘piazza delle tre torri’ (square of the three towers): torre isozaki (il dritto, the straight one), torre hadid (lo storto, the twisted one), and torre libeskind (il curvo, the curved one) — torre isozaki will stand 202 m (663 ft)..with 50 floors, among the tallest buildings in italy by roof height. torre hadid will be 170 m (558 ft) high with 44 floors, and torre libeskind will reach a height of 150 m (492 ft) with about 30 floors. the three towers are able to accommodate around 10,000 people, over a total of approximately 130,000 m2. a contemporary art museum, a shopping area with bars and restaurants, and a pavilion for exhibitions, sports, entertainment and fashion shows will supplement the master plan project..”  

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* Architecture: “Le Cinq” Office Tower by Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Posted by the editors on Friday, 20 July 2012

Architecture: “Le Cinq” Office Tower by Neutelings Riedijk Architects: “..Neutelings Riedijk Architects has made a design for a 180 m high office tower, ‘Le Cinq’ in Paris, commissioned by Brussels developer Buelens NV as one out of four teams for the international competition organized by the City of Paris. The new skyscraper serves as the focal point for the east of Paris in the new urban development of the XIIIth arrondissement, near to the Grande Bibliothèque. The tower consists of a stacking of five separate volumes of six stories each, cantilevered from two vertical cores with open space between the volumes..Each block has an open inner court and a vast roof garden. In this way, a new type of green urban skyscraper has been developed that combines the quality of a low-rise urban fabric with the potential of high-rise tower. The tower holds 110.000 m2 of above ground floor surface of office spaces, a 300 room hotel and a shopping center, as well as ten underground parking levels. The 180-meter high tower will be the first major high-rise building in Paris since the Montparnasse Tower and the Riverbank Towers in the 1970′s..‘Le Cinq’, translated as ‘The Five”, invents a new typology for the round by successfully combining the advantages of high-rise building: Land Economy and Transport, prospects beautiful city, … pooling services, and the neighborhood, the city block, in which man finds a scale measured. The juxtaposition of neighborhoods that are traditionally sold to the horizontal, is done by simply, in a fragmented vertical. Form, provided that the function associated with this new typology defines a vertical city..‘The Five’ consists of five islands, six autonomous floor, each organized around a central space that evokes a square or garden conducive to trade, to life. Each of these spaces develops an original theme, built from treatments or interventions artistic landscape, giving it a specific identity. The ambition of this new typology is to bring the concept of turn the more soul, the amenity is to enable the professor who will practice areas of the Tower “The Five” to find, regardless of height, a pleasant sensation of a scale measured and a place open to the outside..‘The Five’ offers a combination of scales and fragments its slenderness, it is not a monolithic object that imposes its monumentality. The view south and north facades, by their alternating solids and voids, allows the eye to move between the building plan in the longer term, and in heaven to slip between the islets horizontal. “The Five” is not a tight screen. It is not treated as a solitary object, representing a completion: it aspires to be a link between Paris and its outskirts..”  Distinctive form, green roof terraces, cantilevers..

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image: © Neutelings Riedijk Architects / Buelens – Visualisatie A2STUDIO; article: Furuto , Alison . ““Le Cinq” Office Tower / Neutelings Riedijk Architects” 19 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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* Architecture: Fukoku Tower by Dominique Perrault

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Architecture: Fukoku Tower by Dominique Perrault: “..This tower project for the Fukoku insurance company takes inspiration from the profile of a gigantic tree whose roots proliferate on the surface of the ground. Splayed at its base, the tower’s outline tapers elegantly as it rises, gracing the city’s skyline with a vertical asymptote. The contrast between the structure’s base and upper regions is accentuated by the treatment of the building’s “bark”..Broad “wood chips” on the lower levels gradually give way to a sleek wall. The glass facade is worked into a crescendo of encrusted mirrors at the base, reflecting the colors of the sky and the surrounding environment. Situated at the exit of Osaka’s main train station, the building will become a lasting landmark in the urban landscape..”  Interesting inspiration for this mixed-use glass tower in Osaka, Japan..

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image: © Daici Ano / DPA / Adagp; article: “Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault” 05 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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* Architecture: Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park by Cook + Fox Architects

Posted by the editors on Friday, 29 June 2012

Architecture: Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park by Cook + Fox Architects: “..The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in midtown New York, designed by Cook + Fox Architects, is the first commercial high-rise to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  The design and high performance of this building is intended to set a new standard for commercial construction and for the office-work environment.  By focusing on ways to emphasize daylight, fresh air and a connection to the outdoors, the architects redefine the parameters of the skyscraper as more than a glass box.. a highly transparent corner entry, blending the public street with the private office building.  It gives the lobby plenty of daylight and becomes a a mild threshold between the city life and the work day.  Green roofs and an Urban Garden Room bring the park nearby into the architecture and, combined with the natural lobby materials, emphasizes the natural qualities that can be found within city life..Sustainable measures keep the building well insulated and protected from excess heat gain.  The curtain wall is made of low-e glass and heat-reflecting ceramic frit.  The building also incorporates water-saving measures such as waterless urinals, greywater recycling, and rainwater harvesting systems.  The building also filters the air that is delivered to the offices and can be individually controlled.  Overnight, a thermal ice-storage tank in the cellar produces ice in order to reduce peak demand on the city’s electric grid.  A 4.6 megwatt cogeneration plant covers 70% of the building’s annual energy use with clean, efficient power..”  Dynamic form, LEED platinum certification..

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image: © Cook+Fox Architects; article: Vinnitskaya , Irina . “Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park / Cook + Fox Architects” 27 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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