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Garden Bridge – London, England, U.K.

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Building: Garden Bridge
Location: London, England
Completion: 2017
Architect: Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick studio)
Landscape Architect: Dan Pearson
Engineers: Arup

AE Interest: Pedestrian bridge over the river Thames, catalyst for urban renewal, elevated garden.

Updated 12/19/2014 by GB.
See 3rd image for announcement of final approval – ref. BDOnline.

Written by Brooks Barnhouse

March 2, 2015 at 1:10 am

Chausseestrasse 43 – Berlin, Germany

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Building Name: Chausseestrasse 43
Location: Berlin, Germany
Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Structural & MEP Engineer: PORR
Completion: 2015

AE Interest: Complex form. Libeskind-designed 3D metallic stoneware tile facade designed to clean themselves and the air.


Written by Justin Nevill

September 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Guosen Securities Tower – Shenzhen, China

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Building: Guosen Securities Tower
Location: Shenzhen, China
Status: Ongoing proposal since 2010
Client: Guosen Securities Co, Ltd.
Architect: Massimiliano + Doriana Fuksas
Structural Engineer: Arup

AE Interest: 228 m tall office building, first ecological skyscraper in Shenzhen, explores new concepts in vertical public spaces

Written by Alex Gross

September 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Dorobanti Tower – Bucharest, Romania

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Building: Dorobanti Tower
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Status: Under Construction
Client: Smartown Investments
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Project Architect: Markus Planteu

AE Interest: 200 m tall (55 floors) residential building, chamfered diamond form with meandering structural lattice, built to withstand intense seismic activity

Website: 1

Written by Alex Gross

September 9, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Blossom Gate – Xiangyiang, China

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Building: Blossom Gate
Location: Xiangyiang, China
Completion: Expected Completion in 2013
Design Team: Prechteck (now penda designhouse)

AE Interest: This entrance to China’s largest myrtle garden serves as an entrance and a gathering space. The influence for the form comes from Chinese calligraphy which can be seen in the massive arches that are meant to look like the the trailing strokes of a calligraphy brush. The structure is to be composed of large bamboo space frames covered in long, single, bamboo poles. In order to mimic the trailing ends of a brush stroke the poles will be spaced-out at the intersection of the frames on each side.



Written by Thanos Metaxas

September 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

North Point Harbour Urban Plan – Hong Kong, China

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Building: North Point Harbour Urban Planning Concept
Location: Hong Kong, China
Status: Winning Design, Proposed
Architect: Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

AE Interests: Organic architecture, ‘wall of cells’, building relationships, and improvement of living quality in heavy urban areas. Other interests include the use of free flowing forms to transform a typical square grid city structure into an interactive and expandable urban model.

Written by Brandon Comisarenco

September 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

Hongqiao Central Business District – Shanghai, China

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Building: Hongqiao Central Business District
Location: Shanghai, China
Status: Under construction, to be completed in 2015
Architect: MVRDV + Aedas

AE Interests: Received a 3-star ‘green building label’ for its sustainable design, the highest in China (equivalent to LEED Platinum in the US). Other interests include green architecture, sky gardens, space optimization, high performance insulation, and a sunken retail hidden away from vehicle traffic.

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Written by Brandon Comisarenco

September 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Posted in Proposed Design


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