10 high-rise buildings with extreme architecture

10 high-rise buildings with extreme architecture


1.Chaoyang Park Plaza, China

When building the Chaoyang Park Plaza, the architects intended to create a landscape inspired by lakes, mountains and rocks painted in traditional Chinese feng shui paintings. The project is modeled after Shanshui city, an architectural model created by MAD founder Ma Yansong for urban development in Guiyang, China.

Construction began in 2012 – with the main focus being a pair of asymmetrical 120-meter skyscrapers modeled after the natural shape of the rocks.

Leong’s images capture the bulges and grooves of these unusually shaped towers, intended to evoke a sense of nature in an international environment.

The buildings are constructed using sustainable technology, using internal filtering and ventilation systems to draw natural air into the home.

2. Marina One

The Marina One project was designed by German studio Ingenhoven Architects and local company A61 as a botanical-covered “mountain”, consisting of four high-rise buildings arranged around the central garden by studio Gustafson Porter. + Bowman based in London created.

The complex, which opened in late 2017, is located in Singapore’s Marina Bay financial district – a 360-hectare reclaimed land on the waterfront, also home to the iconic Marina Bay Sands towers for Moshe Safdie , as well as the giant tropical park, Gardens by the Bay.

The towers containing offices, residential and retail functions are arranged around an outdoor space called “Green Heart”, described by the architects as “the largest public landscape area. in the downtown Marina Bay business district. While the building’s exterior elevations are box-shaped with the tops of open glass protruding frames, the interior surfaces are lined with undulating air vents that extend all the way to the central courtyard.

Upon reaching the lower floors, the doorways will move away from the interior heights to form the sides of the terraces containing more than 350 species of plants and plants spanning a total area of ​​37,000 square meters.

3. Poly Plaza

The tallest of the three office towers that Skidmore Owings & Merrill completed in Beijing, was inspired by the patterns created from the folds of paper lanterns. The coordinated exterior of SOM’s Poly International Plaza’s main tower creates a layer of heat envelopes around the office spaces, wrapped in a second layer of interior glass.

Architects have used stretched structural elements to create an office space filled with daylight. The glazed façade gives the building views of the parks and undulating streets surrounding Poly International Plaza, home to underground steps and parking.

SOM was champion in a recent exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which showcased 30 of the amazing architecture skyscrapers in the engineering industry.

4. Lotte Tower, Korea

American company Kohn Pedersen Fox completed the 555-meter-high Lotte World Tower in Seoul, now the tallest building in South Korea and the fifth tallest building in the world. This skyscraper opened its doors in early April 2017 after eight years of construction, surpassing Northeast Asia Trade Tower in Incheon more than 305 meters high in Incheon more than 200 meters to become the tallest skyscraper on the Korean peninsula. .

Located in Seoul’s Jamsil district, the 123-story skyscraper consists of shops, offices, apartments and a seven-star hotel behind its polished tempered glass.

A white lacquered metal mesh forming a silvery-colored glass creates round faces of the building that are tilted upwards but not at the top. The tower also has an observatory at the top so visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of Seoul. Visitors are taken on by one of the fastest elevators in the world.

Lotte World Tower is KPF’s fifth project in the list of the 10 tallest buildings in the world, along with Ping An Financial Center in fourth, CTF Financial Center in seventh and Trade Center. International in 10th place.

5. Copper building, USA

The US company SHoP Architects has completed a pair of curved, copper-cladded skyscrapers and an elevated bridge hovering more than 90 meters above the ground. The building is located on 1st Avenue and 36th Street, along the banks of Manhattan’s East River.

Designed by New York-based SHoP Architects, the name of the project is derived from the 4.25 million pounds of raw copper used to clad two 41- and 48-storey skyscrapers. In addition to the typical copper coating, the second tower has a distinctive curved silhouette, with the lower and upper sections sloping in opposite directions.

On floors 27 to 29, the two towers are linked together by a large bridge that hangs 300 feet (91 meters) in the air. Measuring 100 feet (30 meters) long, the three-story sky deck features an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, plus a bar and a lounge for residents.

Other facilities in the tower include a double-height fitness center with climbing walls, yoga room, spa treatment room, Turkish marble hammam with plunge pool, dining kitchen and the bar. In total, the two buildings provide comfortable space with a total area of ​​more than 60,000 square feet (5,574 square meters). A total of 761 apartments for rent and more than 300 different layouts, from studios to 3-bedroom apartments. Prices start at $ 3,200 (£ 2,571) for a unit.

6. Rothschild Tower, Israel

American architect Richard Meier has completed his first project in Israel, a residential tower covered with a white “curtain” to ensure the building matches with the surrounding Bauhaus buildings. in Tel Aviv White City.

Richard Meier & Partners’ Rothschild Tower 154 meters high on Rothschild Avenue in the heart of the White City protected by UNESCO, famous for its 20th century architecture The area is home to more than 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings. Built between 1930 and 1940 by German Jewish architects, who migrated to the area before World War II. Their architecture is based on the teachings of the Bauhaus school, and also on the elements of modernism.

Meier, who is known for its typical pure white buildings, designed a two-layered facade for the tower, 42 stories high above the ground. Delicate white glass doors and window frames are installed in the front of the glass facade, ensuring ample natural light and views of the Mediterranean Sea for residents on the top floors. Each corner of the tower is also equipped with a balcony with a white patterned base.

The stores are located on the ground floor, the store space is not obscured for a visual connection to the avenue behind. The apartments above have sunshades with windows and views to the west where the sea is. Other tower facilities include a swimming pool, spa, wine cellar and lounge.

7.10 North Riverside, USA

US firm Goettsch Partners completed a compact, glass skyscraper that accommodates its position next to the active train track and the Chicago River.

The tower, named 150 North Riverside, is located on a prominent waterfront property in the city’s western roundabout. The building is 54 floors high with two glass sides facing inward and going down to the ground. Its lower section allowed the building to “fit neatly” between the railroads on the west and the Chicago River to the east.

The narrow base of the tower has given way to the creation of a public park with walkways, outdoor seating and a great view of the Chicago River. For the north and south heights, the designer subdivided the facade to create two vertical planes, highlighting the tower’s slenderness, minimizing overall mass.

Facilities include a number of restaurants, sandwich shops, upscale bars, gym and garage. The tower also has a convention center with a ballroom and several meeting rooms, all with lake views. The interior has typical floor space averaging 28,000 square feet (2,601 square meters) of rental.

8. Beirut Terraces, Lebanon

Staggered terraces create striking courtyards on each floor of the 119-meter-high Beirut Terraces. Scattered potted plants around the edges of the balcony provided color patches to its other white stone sections, but gave residents a panoramic view of Beirut.

The residential tower is made up of unusually sized slabs giving it an indeterminate line that closely resembles the company’s Jenga skyscraper design in New York. The five modular tiers are repeated in different combinations to produce staggered arrangements. The protruding white stones are at least 60cm thick to provide shade and a patio.

Potted plants and green plants add highlights of blue on the building’s white tones. The planting of trees also acts as a screen, to ensure privacy of the glazed living areas while providing views of the sea.

Apartments of different sizes are distributed throughout the tower, some on one floor and others on two floors. Each apartment has a kitchen, walk-in closet, laundry room and bedroom for both the owner and the maid.

9. Financial Center Bund, China

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio collaborated to design this pair of 180-meter skyscrapers, located at the intersection of Shanghai’s old town and a new financial district. The towers are located south of the Bund Financial Center, a 420,000-square-meter master plan built jointly by two builders. Located on The Bund, a street that runs along the waterfront of Shanghai, forms the link between the old town and the financial district.

This development is the first major collaboration between Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. In the early summer of 2017, the two construction parties completed the central part of the plan, an art and cultural center with a dynamic curtain-like facade made of copper pipes. The art center is considered a gem with glazed blocks surrounding it of staggered heights.

Inspired by the 19th century buildings above The Bund, two glass skyscrapers have a textured granite frame. These towers feature bronze, granite, and glazed details to visually link them. They offer office spaces, hotels, cultural hubs, chic shopping spaces and restaurants located around the plaza.

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio is also working on another project in a Chinese city – a green-covered development next to the art district.

10. Tribunal de Paris, France

Tribunal de Paris – a multi-storey skyscraper, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to become the largest legal complex in Europe. The 160-meter-high building is comprised of a series of stacked glass blocks that will bring together the various activities of the French judicial system, which had previously been scattered throughout the city.

The building opened in April 2018. It was one of a number of new buildings planned for the French capital, along with Herzog & de Meuron’s Tourist Triangle to take advantage of the recent changes in the law. zoning. Previously, it was specified that nothing more than 100 meters could be built in the city center.


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The long and low ground section is designed as a support for the remaining three floors, with the main entrance located on the 6,000 square meter plaza on Avenue de la Porte-de-Clichy. Inside, the 5,500-square-meter space is divided into three sections with room for 50 front desks to ensure the fastest possible assistance.

The courts of Paris will merge with the regional courts, the police courts, the prosecution courts and the courts of each district. Its location is in the Clichy-Batignolles municipality, on the northern edge of Paris, at the intersection of the administrative and suburbs. At the same time the area has good development of public transport.

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