Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 21

by | 24. May 2013

Article | News

By Eva Bjerring

Happy Friday, everyone!  Enjoy our picks on small and big and have the best weekend. This week with focus on big, bigger and faster in Asia – you can only sit back impressed with the Asian ambitions.

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World’s Tallest Back On Track

Scheduled to start in June 2013 after a – maybe understandable – delay by a government approval process the Sky City One is back on construction track as a serious candidate to knock off Burj Khalifa in Dubai from its position as the tallest building in the world.

Designed as a city within the city, housing all the means necessary with the unlikely Chinese addition  ‘no cars allowed’ on 220 floors, the 838 meters/2.750 ft prefab skyscraper will be constructed within just 7 months according to the Chinese developer Broad Sustainable Building (BSB).

The idea about wrapping a whole city in one mega building is not new. But when legendary Swiss-French le Corbusier presented the idea, the European audience was not ready to live a life solely in the sky. But maybe the scenario is right this time.

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“Lets stay up in the air”

We are staying on the higher and bigger theme and take a look at two other enormous projects also in Asia.

The High
On the high end we have a city record. The plans for Singapore’s tallest tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill the Tanjong Pagar Centre has been unveiled.

Developed by GuocoLand, an award-winning developer in Singapore, the large-scale mixed-use project will contain 1.7-million square feet of Grade-A offices, prestigious residential apartments, a luxury business hotel, premier retail space and a sheltered event space in Tanjong Pagar City Park, will position the area as a premier quality business and lifestyle hub within Singapore’s Central Business District, the architects write.


The Big
24 floors of expensive bags await shopaholics in Shanghai when Louis Vuitton’s biggest flagship store in the world opens. Or well, at least 4 full floors of shopping, while the rest of the melted boot-like building holds office spaces.

Designed by Japanese architect Aoki Jun, the mastermind behind several Vuitton-projects, in collaboration with Hong Kong-based Leigh & Organce, you know you are in for a full LV-experience.

Aoki Jun arcspace feature

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This Week’s Win


“European Museum of the Year”

Multi-award winner Zaha Hadid and her staff are behind yet another winner. This time with the Glasgow Riverside Museum, which is the first Scottish museum to ever be awarded The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) by the Council of Europe.

Congratulations to Zaha Hadid and Glasgow.


Video of the Week

David Chipperfield (2012, Columbia GSAPP, 109 min)

“What is the future of the past?”

Enjoy 109 minutes with London-based David Chipperfield and his insightful thoughts on the future of the past expressed by his 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award re-creation of the Berlin Neues Museum at Colombia University GSAPP.


A Bit of Friday Fun

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“Woah, who has melted my bridge?”

This is was happens when you turn your back on Google Earth. Melted bridges and distorted roads. Think we will turn left on the next corner instead.

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