7 High-rise Development on the Drawing Board


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In each issue of Building Design+Construction, we feature the latest new construction and renovation projects in our On the Drawing Board section. Here's a collection of recently profiled high-rise projects in the works around the world.

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7 High-rise Development on the Drawing Board

  1. 1. 7 hip high-rise developmentson the drawing boardLearn which AEC firms are behind these compelling high-rise buildings across the globe
  2. 2. 1. Mixed-use Towers in Seoul awake the dancingdragonsAdrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture designedDancing Dragons, a pair of landmark mixed-usetowers, for the new Yongsan International BusinessDistrict in Seoul, South Korea. Slender mini-towerscantilevered around a central core make up thebuildings, which include residential, “officetel,” and retailelements.The design aesthetic, including the building skin, includesaspects of traditional Korean culture. In both buildingsthe mini-tower cuts are clad in glass at the top andbottom, making for dramatic skylights above the units atthe highest levels and a transparent floor beneath theunits at the lowest levels. The Building Team also includesPositivEnergy Practice and Werner Sobek.
  3. 3. 2. Super-tall skyscraper planned for capital ofGuangxi ProvinceJohn Portman & Associates has been selected bydeveloper Guangxi Wei Zhuang Real Estate Co. to designTian Long Fortune Center, the first supertall skyscraper inNanning, China. With a height of 1,312 feet, the buildingwill provide new headquarters for member companies ofASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and isenvisioned as a finance and trade center.The upper portion of the tower will include an atriumhotel with a fitness center, pool, executive club, andrestaurants. The building also will contain a publicobservation complex, providing a 360-degree view.
  4. 4. 3. Residential building will offer luxury in newlyenlivened Boston neighborhoodBlake Middleton, FAIA, and Deborah Moelis ofHandel Architects designed Millennium Place, a15-story residential building in Boston, locatedon the corner of Avery and WashingtonStreets. Developed by Millennium Partners, thebuilding will serve as the keystone of the AveryStreet Corridor, part of a new neighborhoodrecently brought to life.The 155-foot building consists of 256residences, with one, two, and threebedrooms, ranging in size from 750 sf to 2,400sf. Residences are expected to range in pricefrom $550,000 to $2.8 million. MillenniumPlace is slated for initial occupancy in fall2013. Suffolk Construction is the builder.
  5. 5. 4. Corporate HQ in the works in Xiaoshan DistrictA 52-story office building is currently indevelopment in the Xiaoshan District inHangzhou, China. Designed by Chicago’s Turner +DeCelles for the Zhejiang Hengyi Group, the towerwill provide office space for ~2,000 employees. Abelow-grade transit “superstation” will houseconference facilities, retail shops, and parking.Approximately half of the office space will be heldfor future growth but leased to tenants on aninterim basis. Also on the Building Team: BMPProject Consulting (program manager) and TongjiArchitectural Design of Shanghai (local designfirm).
  6. 6. 5. “Glass Waterfall” façade highlights design ofEducation First HQPhase one of the 10-story, 300,000-sfheadquarters for EF Education First, aCambridge, Mass.-based private educationcompany, is under way. Designed byWingardhArkitektkontor AB of Sweden andWilson Architects, the facility will provide230,000 sf of office and educational space, a65,000-sf parking garage, a 14,000-sfrestaurant, and 31,000 sf of ground- andmezzanine-level public space.In a design-build partnership, Skanska USABuilding will serve as contractor, while TGGallagher will provide HVAC, plumbing, andfire protection services.
  7. 7. 6. Fourth-tallest building in Vancouver underconstruction on a tight siteWestbank Projects Corp. commissioned BIG-BjarkeIngelsGroup to design a 49-story, 600-unit mixed-use tower indowntown Vancouver. Beach and Howe tower combines653,890 sf of residential, retail, and commercial space inan urban complex at the entrance to the Granville StreetBridge. In response to a constricted urban site, BIGdesigned the tower to be inverted. The tower’s smalltriangular base curves away from the bridge to allow lightand air to enter lower apartments.BuroHappold engineering firm, working with the localengineer of record, Glotman Simpson, designed a concretecore with post-tensioned walls to protect against damagein case of an earthquake and also to improve performance.Other Building Team members: design firm Dialog, CobaltEngineering, planning and landscape architecture firmPFS, and local architect James Cheng.
  8. 8. 7. Downtown Dallas development will providemany tenant optionsBOKA Powell, working with commercial realestate development and investment firmKDC, has created an adaptable design for thenew 400,000-sf, Class A office tower at theVictory Park mixed-use development indowntown Dallas.The 23-story building, with more than 14floors of office space above an eight-storyparking structure, is designed to accommodatea wide variety of floor plate sizes, ranging from25,000 to 54,000 sf, to meet the needs of arange of potential tenants. Construction isexpected to begin in the fall. KDC will pursueLEED certification.
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