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Seaglass Tower Proposed for Jacksonville


16 Dec 2013, Jacksonville, United States

Developer Killashee Investments has proposed a 1,000-foot (304.8-meter) tower as the centerpiece of a $1 billion development to revitalize Jacksonville, Florida’s Shipyards district. The $100 million tower would include restaurants and an observation deck. Read more.

Skyline Writer Honored


13 Dec 2013, Chicago, United States

Chris Gillott, the head electrician of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield building, died of a heart attack at age 57. He was the man responsible for setting up the building's well-known lettered lighting schemes and organizing an army of volunteers to execute them. His colleagues paid tribute with a sign of their own. Read more.

Sydney's Next Tallest Expected to Sell Out


13 Dec 2013, Sydney, Australia

On its very first weekend of sales, more than $AUS 275 million ($US 245 million) of apartments were sold in the 68-story, 252-meter Greenland Center, leading its developers to declare an expected sell-out. Designed by BVN and Woods Bagot, Greenland Center is a project that enjoys two local distinctions: It will be both the city’s tallest building and the first building of its height to be built atop an existing tall building. Read more.

First B2 Module Stacked


13 Dec 2013, New York, United States

The first of 930 modular units was lifted into place at B2, which at 347 feet (105.8 m) is set to become the world’s tallest modular building. Considerable fanfare accompanied the lift, including an appearance by Bruce Ratner, head of Forest City Ratner, the developer behind the Atlantic Yards project, of which the B2 tower is one part.Read more.

Historic LeVeque Tower to be Renovated


12 Dec 2013, Columbus, United States

One of the first skyscrapers to grace the Ohio capital’s skyline is due for a major renovation. The 1927 LeVeque Tower, originally known as the American Insurance Union Citadel, is about halfway through a $20 million restoration project that will bring back some of the Art-Deco grandeur that had gradually been eroded through unsympathetic prior renovations. A new three-story lobby will replace the current small shops facing Broad Street, bringing back the original purpose of the high windows specified in the building’s original plans. A smaller Art-Deco lobby for the tower portion is also being restored. Read more.

High-Rise Columbarium for Hong Kong?


12 Dec 2013, Hong Kong, China

Closely following a Norwegian proposal for a high-rise crematorium, Hong Kong has now entered the race to be the site of the world’s first “deathscraper.” Read more.

Pinnacle Lives to Fight Another Day


12 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

The “unbuildable” Pinnacle may soon return to life, according to The Independent. The development of the 63-story skyscraper had been halted in 2011 due to concerns about its constructability and £1 billion ($1.64 billion) price tag. The new design is said to retain the complex twisting shape of the exterior, but sacrifices the original planned retail at the base in favor of a larger atrium that theoretically could fit entrances for two major corporate tenants. Read more.

Regency Tower Revived


11 Dec 2013, Wollongong, Australia

Once-shelved plans for the tallest building in the Australian city of Wollongong have been revived, according to local news reports. The Regency Tower would rise 25 stories above street level on a prominent hill in the coastal city, containing a 4.5-star hotel and 23 luxury apartments above seven levels of commercial space.Read more.

Marriott to Open Japan’s Highest Hotel Suite


11 Dec 2013, Osaka, Japan

Marriott Hotels plans to offer Japan’s highest hotel suite on the 55th floor of the soon-to-open Abeno Harukas tower. For the princely sum of 350,000 yen ($3,410), guests will be able to luxuriate at a height of 263 meters above the ground, and will get free admission to the Harukas 300 observation deck on the 58th through 60th floors of the tower, before official operating hours begin. Read more.

22 Thames Street Renderings Revealed


11 Dec 2013, New York, United States

Renderings of the 22 Thames Street residential tower in New York, designed by Rafael Vinoly, have been released by its developers, Fisher Brothers and Witkoff Group. The tower is to contain 400 units on 70 floors. Read more.

Atkins, Joy Air Launch New Town for 110,000 in Fuzhou


10 Dec 2013, Fuzhou, China

Global architecture-engineering firm Atkins and AVIC Joy Holdings Ltd have formed a strategic partnership to create a new town for up to 110,000 people across 6 million square meters along the Min River in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. The project, for which Atkins will devise the master plan, will require an investment of 50 billion RMB ($8.2 billion).Read more.

World’s Tallest Vertical Garden to Grow in Sri Lanka


10 Dec 2013, Kotte, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will be the next nation to vie for the title of the “world’s tallest plant-covered building,” if the Clearpoint Residencies by Milroy Perera and Maga Engineering is realized as planned. The 46-story, 164-unit tower would give each apartment its own garden terrace, such that residents can still get the advantage of ground-floor living in proximity to greenery. Read more.

Canary Wharf to Get Cylindrical Herzog & de Meuron Tower


10 Dec 2013, London, United Kingdom

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a 56-story cylindrical skyscraper as part of a nine-hectare masterplan for London’s Canary Wharf, according to Dezeen. The residential tower is one of five new buildings proposed for Wood Wharf, at the eastern end of Canary Wharf, in the first phase of a mixed-use development submitted for planning approval Dec. 10 by Allies and Morrison, which is designing two office blocks in the zone. Read more.

Ground Broken for Indonesian Supertall


10 Dec 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesian energy company Pertamina has started construction of the 530-meter, 99-floor Pertamina Energy Tower project, according to Metro TV News. Commencement of the project was marked by groundbreaking ceremony, led by Pertamina president/director Karen Agustiawan and the management of Pertamina in Central Epicenter, Rasuna, Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Dec. 9.Read more.

Yangon Considers Limits on High-Rises


09 Dec 2013, Yangon, Myanmar

Concerned about losing its cultural heritage to commercial development, Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, has set about creating its first zoning plan, which would include limiting high-rises to certain districts and establishing view corridors to historic landmarks such as Shwedagon Pagoda.Read more.

New Skyscraper May Surpass Melbourne’s Tallest


09 Dec 2013, Melbourne, Australia

The Far East Consortium has proposed constructing a four-tower complex at 250 Spencer Street in the center of Melbourne. The site was recently purchased from ISPT, which had earlier proposed a different four-tower design. The tallest of the Far East towers is planned at 300 meters, which would make it 3 meters taller than Melbourne’s current tallest building, the Eureka Tower. The project is projected to cost $AUS 1 billion ($US 907.5 million), which would also make it the largest inner-city development in Melbourne to date. Read more.

Hancock Center Considers Tilting Glass Deck Extension


09 Dec 2013, Chicago, United States

Seeking to boost its visitor levels, Chicago’s John Hancock Center Observatory is considering building The Tilt, a glass-enclosed extension of its 94th-floor viewing area that would rival the thrill factor of the wildly successful neighbor, the Ledge on the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. Read more.

Seattle’s Next Tallest Planned


06 Dec 2013, Seattle, United States

Real estate developer Greg Smith plans to build a 77-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, on a site where a popular 30-year-old restaurant, the Metropolitan Grill, currently operates, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal. The developers say they want to include the restaurant in the new building. Read more.

Toronto Triple Towers Purchased


06 Dec 2013, Toronto, Canada

Starlight Investments Ltd. has acquired a three-tower Class-A, LEED Gold-Certified office and retail complex located at 3250 and 3300 Bloor Street West in Toronto, locally known as Clarica Centre. Read more.

Turkish Tower Shortlist Revealed


06 Dec 2013, Canakkale, Turkey

Eight teams have been shortlisted for a competition to design a 100 meter-high antenna tower with public amenities and observation areas in the Turkish town of Çanakkale. The seaport on Turkey’s far western edge is situated on the southern coast of the Dardanelles, the strait that connects the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Read more.

Wings Oando Takes Flight


05 Dec 2013, Lagos, Nigeria

Ground has broken on twin 12,000 square-meter office towers in Lagos, Nigeria, one of which will contain the headquarters of Oando, the oil company. The project, dubbed “Wings Oando” will rise on Victoria Island, between Lagos Island and the Lekki Peninsula. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Piling Work Completes


05 Dec 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company’s (JEC) new CEO, has announced the completion of the piling work for the Kingdom Tower, set to be the future-tallest building in the world, upon completion in 2019. Read more.

Tower Proposed for Convention Center Site


05 Dec 2013, Nashville, United States

Nashville plans to redevelop its Convention Center site with a $230 million, 1-million-square-foot (92,903 square-meter) project, which would be crowned with a 28-story building containing 840,000 square feet (78,038 square meters) of office space, making it the center city’s largest office building. Read more.

Waterfront Finance Center Begins Construction in Shanghai


04 Dec 2013, Shanghai, China

Foster + Partners and Thomas Heatherwick have unveiled images of the Bund Finance Centre, which is now under construction in Shanghai on the banks of the Huangpu River. The 420,000-square meter (4.5 million-square foot) complex will feature two 180-meter (590-foot) office towers at the end of Shanghai's waterside street, The Bund. Read more.

After Nearly a Century, Renovation Makes High-Rise Vogue Again


04 Dec 2013, Minneapolis, United States

The Soo Line Building, which was Minneapolis' tallest building when it was completed in 1915, is now the city's newest luxury apartment building after a yearlong renovation. Residents are now moving into the 19-story building, which boasts a completely new interior as well as a restored exterior. Read more.

Philadelphia Takes Scientology to Court Over 'Abandoned' Skyscraper


04 Dec 2013, Philadelphia, United States

The city of Philadelphia is suing the Church of Scientology after the religious organization left a 15-story construction in the city empty for six years. The church bought the Cunningham Piano skyscraper in 2007 for $7.85 million, using donations from its members under the premise for building a cathedral. Read more.

Rents Rates Released for B2 Tower


03 Dec 2013, New York City, United States

The subsidized units at Forest City Ratner's B2, a residential tower in the Atlantic Yards mega-development, will start at $494 per month. About half of the units will be affordable, with 20 percent for low-income households and 30 percent for middle-income households. Read more.

Vertical Cemetery Proposal Alleviates Dead-Space Problem


03 Dec 2013, Oslo, Norway

A proposal for a graveyard housed in a skyscraper from architecture student Martin McSherry earned a commendation at the Oslo Conference for Nordic Cemeteries and Graveyards. In a nation where the tradition of wrapping bodies in plastic has left graveyards full, the idea comes as a "highly original contribution." Read more.

New Gotham Tower Sells in Hell's Kitchen


03 Dec 2013, New York City, United States

New Gotham, a 34-story apartment building located at 520 West 43rd Street, has been sold to AEW Core Property Trust on behalf of the Gotham Organization and AIG Affordable Housing. The acquisition price of the 375-unit apartment property was approximately $170 million. Read more.

Permission Granted for Irish Odyssey Development


03 Dec 2013, Belfast, United Kingdom

A ₤100 million (US$164 million) redevelopment scheme at Belfast's Odyssey complex, designed by HJ Lyons, has received outline planning permission. The plan allows for almost 800 homes, two hotels, a retail area and restaurants, and includes a signature tower built on the complex's waterfront edge. Read more.