Saturday, October 31, 2020


Wood highriser

The Austrian capital will soon enter the record books for having the world's tallest wood high-rise.  Designed by Rüdiger Lainer+Partner Architects, the construction of the HoHo building is expected to being this spring in Vienna. The wood high-rise will come up at Seestadt Aspern in the northeastern part of the city where a new city block is being located. With a 2017 completion deadline, the 84 metre structure intended to have 24 storeys aims to achieve synergy through architecture, ecology and the building's usage value for its residents and other occupants.  It is reported the towers are hybrid structures which use wood to ensure cost-efficiency. About 74 per cent of the structures above the foundation are wood. The constructors plan to use solid wood, prefabricated modules to enable a facade design which is reminiscent of bark and melds with the local milieu through very diverse expressions. The high wise with open and closed surfaces offers both views and privacy. The building will house a spa, offices and restaurants in addition to residences.



Towering needle 

Dubai is where innovative and revolutionary architecture is currently making remarkable strides. Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish neofuturistic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter’s proposed design for a landmark observation tower at Dubai Creek Harbour is a vast six million square metre development which seeks to marry traditional local architecture with that of the 21st century. The soaring tower design, one of six proposals submitted by competing firms, won an international design competition. The tower an illuminated needle-like structure with an observation pod near the tip of its point will soar over inland buildings, and will be tethered to its waterfront site by a series of cables which mimic Calatrava's Jerusalem Chords Bridge. Inspired by Islamic architecture it fuses modern, sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates. The project will also include a pair of rocket shaped residential towers. It is reported the project which Emaar Properties is developing together with Dubai Holding will be as great as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, and the Eiffel Tower.

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