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Harumi Residential Towers

Harumi Residential Towers

New York-based practice, Richard Meier & Partners has just announced that the first of the two Harumi Residential Towers planned for Tokyo has been completed. Prominently positioned in Harumi Chuo-ku City in Tokyo and adjacent to the site of the 2020 Olympic Village, the development is the first residential project in Japan to be designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. Working alongside him has been design partner and colleague, Dukho Yeon.

Doone Silver’s design for a new landmark tower in Birmingham for Sterling Property

Doone Silver’s design for a new landmark tower in Birmingham for Sterling Property

Ventures and Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP has been given planning permission from Birmingham City Council. 103 Colmore Row will be a distinctive 211,000 sqft structure, replacing the former 1970s NatWest Tower. At 26 storeys and 336ft/102.5m high, it will be the tallest building in Birmingham’s central business district.

55 Timeless – the Perfect Subject for Taiwan

55 Timeless – the Perfect Subject for Taiwan

Richard Meier & Partners is proud to unveil the new CDC “55 Timeless” Xin-Yi Residential Tower in Taipei, Taiwan. Commissioned as an urban landmark by Continental Development Corporation, the tower rises 127 meters and will set a precedent in Taiwan as a private building that dedicates its entire landscape to the public realm. The building is currently under construction and on target to complete the superstructure by the end of this year with an opening expected in 2017.

Monumental City Gate

Monumental City Gate

This month saw the opening of the elegant new Bahrain Bay Hotel in Manama, Bahrain. The Four Seasons Hotel, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) officially opened its doors to guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Four Seasons officials and other dignitaries.

Life in Nature

Life in Nature

Californian architects 5+ Design have completed the design for Krystal Laputa, a development of three multimillion dollar luxury high-rise residential towers and a bar, in the lakeside community of Luxelake. The cluster of buildings appears as a floating island, and the three towers, connected by canals and bridges, seem to hover over the lake.

Pushing the Boundaries of Tradition

Pushing the Boundaries of Tradition

BC Prestige is an urban transformation and mix-used scheme designed by 4M Architecture and rrgA for Signature Holding, and is planned for construction in Arbil, Northern Iraq. The scheme offers 2,500 luxury residences together with commercial, social and recreational areas, and adds a dash of dynamism to its locality through its bold internal and extroversive forms.

Scimitar as a Symbol of Hospitality

Scimitar as a Symbol of Hospitality

Katara Hospitality, the global hotel developer, owner and operator based in Qatar, clinched two accolades at the 2015 World Travel Awards, “Middle East’s Leading Hospitality Development Company” for the second year running and “Middle East Leading Tourism Development Project” for the iconic Katara Towers development in the Marina District of Doha’s Lusail City.

53W53 Closer to Realization

53W53 Closer to Realization

The New York office of the international real estate firm Hines announced this month that it has closed on the purchases of air rights necessary to build 53W53, a luxury residential tower located next to MoMA. The project has been designed by Jean Nouvel with interiors by Thierry Despont.

Roche Corporate Headquarters

Roche Corporate Headquarters

Herzog & de Meuron has revealed plans for the 3 billion Swiss franc [€2.5 billion], 10-year redevelopment plan for the corporate headquarters of Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche in Basel.

Gardens in the Sky

Gardens in the Sky

The dynamic exterior of the 65-storey mixed-use Lotte Center Hanoi tower – designed by global architecture and design firm Callison – celebrates the cultural heritage of Vietnam by following the lines of the unique Vietnamese long-dress, the Ao Dai.