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Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ArchitectureImage courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Status: Ongoing
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

At over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) and a total construction area of 530,000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Jeddah Tower – formerly known as Kingdom Tower – will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the $20 billion Kingdom City development in
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea.

Expected to cost $ 1.2billion to construct, Jeddah Tower will be a mixed-use building featuring a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Jeddah Tower‘s height will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than Burj Khalifa, which was designed by Adrian Smith while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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Tod’s Sloane Apartment

Tod's Sloane Apartment
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Tod’s Sloane Apartment
Location: London

Tod’s Sloane Apartment, the new boutique concept designed by architect India Mahdavi. A whole new Tod’s experience: the high impact colour scheme, touches of rich velvets and brass and elegant marble flooring induce the sense of great warmth and welcome.

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Amazon Seattle Spheres

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Amazon Seattle Spheres
Status: Completed
Location: Seattle, Washington

The Spheres are a place where employees can think and work differently surrounded by plantsThe Spheres are a result of innovative thinking about the character of a workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices – a direct link to nature. The Spheres are home to more than 40,000 plants from the cloud forest regions of over 30 countries.

An indoor garden from the start, The Spheres were first envisioned as a curved glass building filled with plants and tall trees. During early planning, the design team studied the form and function of several sphere – like conservatories around the world, including the UK’s Kew Gardens, the Mitchell Park Conservatory in Milwaukee, WI, and La Biosfera in Genoa, Italy. Eventually, three distinct buildings emerged, and their shape and geometry evolved over the course of the design process.

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Slice plug’n play urban living solution by Nasim Sehat

SLICE plug'n play urban living solution by Nasim SehatImage courtesy of Nasim Sehat

SLICE plug’n play urban living solution by Nasim Sehat

Observable trends like gig economy and increasing urbanization is fueling the creation of services that are shared on-demand and connected. Existing mobility services like mobike or pay-as-you-go co working services like nakedHub Go are good examples that are enhancing and reconstructing city life and work in Chinese cities. People tend to own less properties, less belongings, less bikes and even less devices and use sharing services. We are nearing a future where new solutions for living and working spaces are needed.

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Park Grove by OMA

Park Grove by OMA
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Park Grove by OMA
Status: Construction
Location: Coconut Grove, United States

A distinct community within Miami’s patchwork of neighborhoods, Coconut Grove offers an alternative to metropolitan downtown. A new typology of living has emerged in the Grove – one deeply connected with the local community yet offering the intimacy of a private retreat. As the last developable site in a string of large scale condos, offices and hotel buildings along the main waterfront thoroughfare Bay Shore Drive, the site possesses great potential and difficulties. This rare break in an otherwise impenetrable wall of towers is the only remaining connection point between Coconut Grove’s community scale and a series of civic assets along Biscayne Bay. Located at the nexus of the Miami’s urban grid and the bay’s edge, the site has the unique potential to be a seamless connection between the city and coast.

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Svart by Snøhetta

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Svart by Snøhetta
Status: Ongoing
Location: Svartisen, Norway

In collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed “Svart” the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway. The hotel is situated just above the Arctic Circle.

Svart” is the first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate. Not only does this new hotel reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy – an absolute must in this precious arctic environment. The hotel will also become the world’s northernmost Powerhouse building.

 

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‘arte S’ residential

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‘Arte S’ Residential
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Status: Completed

SPARK has completed ‘Arte S’, a residential development located in George Town, Penang’s capital city. The project comprises a pair of condominium towers that contain a total of 460 apartments.

The two residential towers sit at the base Bukit Gambir, a lush tropical mountain located at the heart of Penang Island in the Indian Ocean off the Western coast of Malaysia. The geometry and composition of the towers is inspired the dramatic surrounding land and seascapes mediating between the steeply rising verdant mountain and the flowing currents of the Malacca Straits.

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