XTEN Architecture recently unveiled an elegantly spiraling observation tower that stands to make an incredible new addition to Dubai’s skyline. Dubbed the ZPO Tower, the structure features a beautiful latticed facade inspired by traditional motifs, and includes plans for solar film, geothermal heating and cooling, agreen roof, and grey water recycling. The tower is designed to be constructed from mostly recycled materials at net zero energy, and it can generate enough solar energy to completely power itself!
Ole scheeren of OMA has unveiled plans for maha nakhon, a 77 storey skyscraper that will be the tallest building in bangkok.
The complex at 150,000 square meters (approximately 1,6 million square feet) is a series of components that comprise mahanakhon square, a landscaped outdoor public plaza intended as a new public destination within the city; maha nakhon terraces, 10,000 square meters (nearly 110,000 square feet) of luxury retail space with lush gardens and terraces spread over multiple levels for restaurants, cafes and a 24 hour marketplace. also included is the ritz-carlton residences, bangkok with 200 highly-customized single-level and duplex homes, each offering the atmosphere of a skybox penthouse and the bangkok edition, a signature boutique hotel with 150 hotel rooms, a collaboration between marriott international and renowned hotelier ian schrager; and a multi-level roof-top sky bar and restaurant.
Erdos museum by chinese MAD architects is located in the new city centre of erdos. driven by a booming economy, the municipal government of erdos are determined to create this new city,dozens of kilometers away from the current city, on a site that until recently was nothing but the gobi desert. the urban masterplan drew a symbolic but empty image of the ever rising sun on the grassland: a rigid and precise series of urban landscapes radiating from a central plaza, and symbolizing the sun. this ordered plan fulfilled the wishes of the government, but shows no real consideration for the people who live in the city.
The museum has been conceived as a reaction to this city plan. it takes the form of a natural, irregular nucleus to contrast with the strict geometry of the masterplan. the structure is wrapped in polished metal louvers, to reflect and dissolve the planned surroundings. this shell will enclose a new interior,totally separate from the urban reality.
Construction has begun on the Shard, a skyscraper that will be the tallest building in Western Europe and will provide amazing views of London. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (who was also responsible for the California Academy of Sciences), the Shard was inspired by towering church spires and the masts of ships that once anchored on the Thames. The new mixed-use development is located in the heart of London Bridge Quarter and will sit adjacent to the London Bridge Station, one of the busiest train stations in London.