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CTBUH Global News

The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Dubai’s Opus Set to Open


08 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Opus, a 19-story mixed-use development designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is set to open on 15 January. The tower will offer more than 5,200 square meters of office space, a club, several restaurants, and a hotel. Read more.

Houston’s Hanover River Oaks Tower Gets Underway


08 Jan 2018, Houston, United States

Hanover River Oaks, a luxury apartment tower, broke ground in Upper Kirby in December 2017. The 39-story tower will contain 370 residential units and nearly 929 square meters of ground-floor retail space, and include a 24-hour fitness club. Read more.

Vancouver’s Terrace House Receives Permit to Begin Construction


08 Jan 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Terrace House in Vancouver, reportedly set to become the tallest hybrid timber tower in North America once complete, has received its building permit and can begin construction. The 19-story, 71-meter condo tower, will contain 20 luxury units. Read more.

Developer Closes on $1-Billion-Plus Financing for New York’s Central Park Tower


05 Jan 2018, New York City, United States

Developers have closed on $1.14 billion in financing for Central Park Tower, and now have all the money in place for what is set to be Manhattan’s most expensive condo tower, according to documents filed with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Read more.

Architect Gets OK for New Tallest Building in Bristol


05 Jan 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom

A 26-story residential building, destined to become Bristol’s tallest, has been approved. The project will also include a 10-story block and another building fronting Castle View Park. The scheme will include 300 rental units and 75 affordable homes. Read more.

Crews Begin Working on Spire of St. Petersburg’s Lakhta Center


05 Jan 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia

Construction work on Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg – Europe's next tallest building has now shifted to the crown and spire. The 462-meter skyscraper, boasting 87 floors, will become the headquarters of Russian natural gas company Gazprom. Read more.

Boston’s Winthrop Square Tower’s Proposed Height Shrinks Again


04 Jan 2018, Boston, United States

The developer behind the Winthrop Square Tower has again shrunk the proposed high-rise, which was expected to be the tallest residential tower in New England. The building’s proposed height of 210 meters is 25.6 meters shorter than the original plan. Read more.

42-Story Addition Proposed for 415 Yonge Street, Toronto


04 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for 415 Yonge Street, proposing a 42-story residential addition above the existing 19-story office building. The addition would bring 450 residential rental units to the Yonge Street corridor. Read more.

Architect Gets Approval for Birmingham’s Tallest All-Residential Tower


04 Jan 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

An architect has won approval for Birmingham’s tallest all-residential tower, a 42-story skyscraper on Broad Street. The £183 million (US$248 million) development will feature 481 apartments and a 200-meter outdoor running circuit. Read more.

City Releases a Vision for London’s Skyline in 2026


03 Jan 2018, London, United Kingdom

The City of London Corporation has released renderings of the city’s expected skyline in 2026, based on projects that are currently planned or under construction. The City of London has 1.37 million square meters of office under development. Read more.

Dubai Frame Opens to the Public


03 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Frame, a 150-meter-high observation platform connected with a 93-meter long skybridge, opened to the public on New Year’s Day. The tourist attraction offers visitors 360-degree views of the city. Read more.

Detroit’s Monroe Blocks Project to Preserve National Theatre Façade


03 Jan 2018, Detroit, United States

The developers of the Monroe Blocks project in downtown Detroit have released conceptual drawings for its proposed incorporation of the vacant National Theatre into their $800 million redevelopment. Read more.

Toronto Condo Proposal Seeking Density Increase


02 Jan 2018, Toronto, Canada

An updated proposal has been received by the City of Toronto for 2180 Lawrence Avenue East. The project has evolved to now include a 21-story mixed-use tower as well as a mid-rise building and three blocks of townhomes. Read more.

Architecture Firm Signs Lease in Upcoming Downtown Brooklyn Tower


02 Jan 2018, New York City, United States

Architecture firm FXFOWLE has signed a lease in an upcoming 34-story office tower in downtown Brooklyn that the firm designed, and will be the anchor tenant in the 46,452-square-meter development. Read more.

Saudi British Bank Future Head Office Breaks Ground in Riyadh


22 Dec 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The competition-winning design for the Saudi British Bank (SABB) has broken ground in Riyadh.The building will be a 46,544-square-meter commercial office development comprised primarily of a 135-meter-tall office tower. Read more.

Developer Lands $500 Million Construction Loan for Chicago Post Office Redevelopment


22 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

The New York investor redeveloping the massive Old Main Post Office in Chicago has scored a $500 million construction loan to finance the project, one of several properties on the city's list for a potential Amazon second headquarters. Read more.

China Strengthens Fire Safety for High-Rise Buildings


22 Dec 2017, Beijing, China

China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a draft regulation on fire safety for high-rise buildings and for public consultation, which includes a ban on shopping malls setting up on the third basement or below in high-rises. Read more.

64-Story Mixed-Use Tower Proposed for Toronto


21 Dec 2017, Toronto, Canada

A new proposal has been submitted for a 64-story mixed-use building in Toronto. The project would house office and retail space, and be built on the existing Commerce Court site, which will have to be demolished. Read more.

Plans Unveiled for Trio of Residential Towers in Basel


21 Dec 2017, Basel, Switzerland

A Swiss architecture practice has won a competition to design a new master plan for Basel's Nordspitze area, including three slim, cylindrical residential skyscrapers. A new city park will fill the space around the towers. Read more.

Developers Push Forward on Manchester’s St Michael’s Development


21 Dec 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Developers have submitted their redesigned proposals for a large hotel, residential, and office development in Manchester city center. St Michael’s will house up to 189 apartments, a 216-room hotel, and 10 stories of commercial space. Read more.

Colossal Tower Complex Approved for Brisbane’s CBD


21 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

After getting the green light from the City of Brisbane, a 274-meter tower that aims to “capture the essence” of subtropical Brisbane will become the fifth building in the city to reach the city’s maximum building height. Read more.

Vancouver’s Timber Terrace House Approved for Construction


20 Dec 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Terrace House has received official approval to use exposed mass timber in the top seven stories of the 19-story building. This makes Terrace House the tallest hybrid wood structure thus far approved for construction in North America. Read more.

Main Contractor Appointed for Kuala Lumpur’s Skywheel Project


20 Dec 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A main contractor has been appointed for Kuala Lumpur's RM$2.2 billion (US$540 million) Skywheel project, which will rise 317 meters and house apartments, retail space, a hotel, and an observation area. Read more.

Construction Financing Secured for San Francisco’s 1500 Mission Street


20 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

The developers behind San Francisco's 1500 Mission Street mixed-income tower announced they have closed on California’s largest-ever construction financing with tax-exempt bonds, totaling $316.8 million. Read more.

New Report Says San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower is a Fire Hazard


19 Dec 2017, San Francisco, United States

According to a new report, San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower may be less safe than previously thought. The tower, already the center of several lawsuits, could be exposing residents to a widespread fire risk. Read more.

Review of London’s Grenfell Fire Finds UK Building Regulations “Not Fit for Purpose”


19 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

An interim report into the review of building regulations, carried out in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, has concluded that they are “not fit for purpose,” and a “universal shift in culture” is needed to create “true and lasting change." Read more.

New Renderings Show Design Shift in Upcoming New York Skyscraper


19 Dec 2017, New York City, United States

The Wall Street Tower, also known as 130 William Street, has seen another design shift, with new renderings revealing a substantial transformation to the exterior as compared to the most recent images. Read more.

Melbourne Suburb Closer to Landing Student Accommodation


19 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

500 Swanston Street in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton may be the site of a new student accommodation building, which is one among many such projects being considered for the area. Read more.

Mixed-Use Complex to be Built on Los Angeles’ Angels Knoll Site


18 Dec 2017, Los Angeles, United States

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to sell the 2.24-acre (0.9-hectare) property Angels Knoll, a sloped park overlooking the western edge of Downtown Los Angeles. A development consortium will build a mixed-use complex on the site. Read more.

New US Embassy in London Completes


18 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

The US Embassy in South London is finally complete, and will open in early 2018. The design, created by a Philadelphia-based architecture firm, was the winner of a competition launched by the US Department of State in 2008. Read more.