This week, BIG and Foster + Partners unveiled skyscrapers in New York
This week at Dezeen we revealed images of BIG’s One High Line skyscraper as it nears completion and Foster + Partners’ JPMorgan Chase headquarters, which towers above it.
Located near New York’s High Line, the 122-meter-tall project by Danish architecture studio BIG consists of two twisting towers connected at their base.
The two towers, which BIG founder Bjarke Ingels described as “good neighbours”, will contain a total of 236 apartments spread over 36 floors, along with a public courtyard and retail space.
Near 270 Park Avenue, Foster + Partners’ massive steel skyscraper intended for JPMorgan’s headquarters has reached its maximum height.
According to the studio, the 423-meter-tall structure will be the largest all-electric tower in the city, with 100% of its energy coming from a hydroelectric plant in New York State.
Elsewhere in the US, architecture studio Gehry Partners has completed an expansion of Warner Bros’ headquarters in Burbank that was notified by icebergs.
In Tokyo, architecture firm Heatherwick Studio unveiled the Azabudai Hills development, which features undulating rooftops and green spaces. The project is designed to be “one of Tokyo’s greenest urban areas.”
Meanwhile, in Seoul, Dutch studio OMA has designed a collection of mountainside buildings and plazas to expand the Hongik University campus.
In other architecture news, plans for the MSG Sphere in east London designed by Populous have been rejected by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The illuminated ball, which the city’s mayor described as “unacceptable”, has raised “major concerns” regarding its height, mass and size.
In design news, UK-based Pure Electric has created an electric scooter that folds down to the size of a cabin bag.
The scooter is designed with footpads on both sides of the frame with the aim of providing a more intuitive riding position compared to traditional e-scooters.
Also in London, a Tom Dixon retrospective opened at Themes & Variations gallery.
The exhibition, called Tom Dixon: Metalhead, features 52 pieces from the designer’s 40-year career, including his 1986 welded metal chairs.
Popular projects this week included a park built on an island in Copenhagen Harbour, the conversion of three outbuildings in the Highlands, and the restoration of a 1960s house in Belgium.
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