Tag Archives: Architecture

New York’s 15 Penn Plaza approved

City authorities on Wednesday approved plans to build a 67-floor skyscraper near New York City’s tallest structure, the Empire State Building, over objections from owners of the iconic landmark.

The full city council overwhelmingly approved the project in a 47-1 vote. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already voiced support for the building.

The new skyscraper, currently named 15 Penn Plaza and designed by the architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, will go up two blocks from the Empire State building and across the street from Penn Station, a major bus and rail hub.
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New Apple store in Paris

A second Apple Store opened on July 3rd, two steps from Opéra, 18 months after the brand’s first Paris store opened in the Carroussel du Louvre in Nov 2009.

Named as Apple Opera Store, the design is a radical departure from the usual Apple Stores that you might have seen around the world.

The location has been under construction for well over a year, due to the need to preserve and restore historic architecture, such as wooden doors, arched windows and wrought-iron balcony railings on the exterior.


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S.T. Dupont Architectural Masterpieces Collection

S.T. Dupont has worked with jewelry designer Philippe Tournaire to produce a series of writing instruments based on the world’s greatest structures.

Called “Architectural Masterpieces,” the series is inspired by three iconic monuments of the contemporary world—Paris’ Les Invalides, Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, and China’s Pagoda of the Sun.

The roofing of the structures is made of solid 18 karat gold while the pens’ cylinders are manually plated and polished in bronze.
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LVMH Chooses SANAA for La Samaritaine Project

Japanese architecture firm Sanaa, winners of the prestigious Pritzker prize, will plan the conversion of iconic Parisian department store La Samaritaine to other uses, owners LVMH said in a statement.

The firm, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, is to present plans by the end of the year for converting the art deco building into a complex of shops, flats, offices and a hotel.

The store, once the biggest in Paris in terms of floor space, occupies a prime site overlooking the Seine river in central Paris.
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Dubai inaugurates world’s tallest building

The financially troubled Gulf emirate of Dubai on Monday opened the world’s tallest building, a glistening concrete, glass and steel pinnacle rising 828 metres (2,717 feet) out of the desert sands.

Blazing fireworks rippled up and down the massive structure after it was officially opened by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum.

He renamed the building, previously known as Burj Dubai, Burj Khalifa in honour of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
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Croatia to get Europe’s First Rotating Hotel

The hotel will form the centerpiece of a new resort to be built near Split, the second-largest city in Croatia that is situated on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.

Designed by Richard Hywel Evans of Studio RHE the concept was proposed from a desire to provide sea views from each room.

The 61m diameter hotel will have three floors and will rotate 1.3 times per day. Guests will enter from below at lower ground level which does not rotate.
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Printemps renovates store and style

Printemps store Paris, the largest beauty department in the world, is about halfway through a $100 million renovation that it hopes to complete in 2010.

“Our vision is to make Printemps the best store in the world,” said Paolo de Cesare, the store’s president and chief executive.

For now, Printemps is under a giant tentwhile a team of 60 artisans bring the flagship’s 1883 façade back to its original Belle Epoque glory.
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MahaNakhon – Bangkok Rising

MahaNakhon will be the most ambitious complex of contemporary architecture and design in Thailand and the tallest building in Bangkok.

The 77-story tower has been designed by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), the architects behind Beijing’s iconic CCTV tower in Beijing, China.

A spiraling incision of “architectural pixels” travels up the building, interrupting the curtain wall to reveal a series of terraces for larger units and shared spaces.
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Helix Hotel, 5 Star Hotel to Rise in Abu Dhabi

New York design firm Leeser Architecture have won a competition to design a hotel in the Zayed Bay district of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Called the Helix for its spiraling floors, the hotel is located in the bay and sits partially over the water.

The building includes a glass-bottomed swimming pool on the roof, visible eight floors below, and a running track on the fifth floor.

It will be part of a new waterfront development in Abu Dhabi, adjacent to the Sheik Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects that is currently under construction.

The Hilltop House by Safdie Rabines

The architect Safdie Rabines has designed the Hilltop House in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

The home was designed to maximize the 360 degree views from its hilltop location, just north of San Diego.

The home is currently being offered for sale ($7,000,000) through the agents at Gallagher & Gallagher.

Sommarn̦jen РSummer Hide-aways

Stockholm-based Sommarnöjen (Summer Enjoyment in English) has just unveiled the designs for five new beautiful 15-square-meter second houses.

Sommarnöjen provides the houses ready-built on site. Some are suitable for year-round use as well.

The mini-houses are also great as additions to a larger dwelling — as guest houses, studios, workshops, separate bedrooms and of course, saunas.


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Selgas Cano architecture office

Selgas Cano is a Spanish architecture firm, and this long glass tube in a little wooded ravine is the Madrid office they’ve built for themselves.

The shutters over the clear roof are retractable and allow for natural light to pour into the space.

Ceilings are both low and high, depending on the retraction of the roof and on which part of the room you’re in.


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Photos: Flower Market, Barcelona

Barcelona’s new wholesale flower market — Mercabarna-Flor — near the Barcelona International Airport was designed by Willy Muller Architects.

The most striking features of the new market are the multi-faceted angular roof structure and the multi-colored outer shell inspired by an aerial view of flower fields in full bloom. Source

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Swede Hill House, Where luxury meets sustainable design

Swede Hill is next project from Newport, RI based design+build firm, Aquidneck Fine Properties.

This 3000 sqft LEED registered home is designed by award winning architects Estes/ Twombly and promises to be one of Southern New England’s truly “green” luxury homes.

Set on four protected acres, this stunning private hilltop retreat offers breath-taking southerly and westerly ocean views towards Montauk Point and Long Island Sound.


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