Archive for the ‘infrastructure’ Category

Luxury mega-casinos to transform face of Atlantic City

November 27, 2007

The Revel Entertainment recently unveiled designs for the $2 billion casino to be built on the Atlantic City Boardwalk next to the Showboat Hotel-Casino, and said the project will debut earlier than had been planned. Five years from now, you might not even recognize Atlantic City, New Jersey.

A burst of new, luxurious mega-casino projects to be built by 2012 will transform the face of Atlantic City into a more futuristic — and crowded — gambling resort.

At least four companies are betting a combined $9 billion that the makeover will help Atlantic City catch up with Las Vegas as a place to come — and stay — for more than just gambling.

In early November, Revel Entertainment Group unveiled drawings of its new $2 billion casino-resort, to be called simply “Revel.” Due to open in the second half of 2010, at 710 feet, it will be the tallest building in Atlantic City — at least for a while.

Source:  USA Today

Moscow Set to Build 200 Skyscrapers

November 20, 2007

Moscow’s landscape is set to change even more dramatically over the next few years after the city government announced plans to build around 200 new skyscrapers in the capital by 2015.

The local government will designate 60 new zones around the city where these skyscrapers will be built, the head of the city’s construction department, Vladimir Resin, told journalists at a real estate investment forum Friday.

All the buildings, which will come under the city administration’s “New Moscow Ring” project, will be over 30 stories high and more likely than not will be constructed on the edge of town, Resin said.

“The new high-rise buildings will surely change the anonymous face of the city’s outskirts and become an idiosyncratic architectural focus,” he said.

Source:  Moscow Times

Hoteliers glimpse room of the future

November 19, 2007

How much higher-tech will hotel rooms be in a few years? Convention-goers at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York got a glimpse last week as they wandered through Guestroom 2010.

The mock-up hotel suite featured 46 futuristic pieces of furniture, fixtures, and household goods that together aim to provide more safety and privacy, save energy, ease cleaning, and up the ante on comfort and entertainment.

When someone is at the door, guests won’t squint through a tiny peephole. They’ll push a button to turn on First View Security Inc.’s Digital Door Viewer, a flat-screen monitor that connects to a tiny digital camera on the outside of the door. And when guests want to sip freshly brewed coffee or when they want up-to-the-minute weather forecasts, they can use the same appliance: Melitta’s Smart Mill & Brew Coffeemaker, which has on its side an electronic display that shows weather conditions transmitted by an MSNBC-FM signal.

Source:  Boston Globe

Kuwait Plans to Build World’s Tallest Building

November 13, 2007

The Proposed Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir (from WikiMedia)

Kuwaiti Municipal officials have approved a plan to construct what will be the world’s tallest building if completed.

The Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir, part of the Madinat Al-Hareer (City of Silk), is planned to soar to a height of 1,001 meters (3,284 ft). At that height the Burj Mubarak would be almost twice the height of the world’s tallest completed building, Taipei 101.

Madinat Al-Hareer is an $86 billion project that will include not only the skyscraper but an airport and an expansive desert preserve. The tower will take approximately 25 years to complete if it comes to fruition.

Source:  Inventor Spot

Beijing quickly becoming ‘Wild East’ of architecture

November 8, 2007

Central Chinese Television (CCTV) Tower Beijing, Rem Koohlaas and Ole Scheeren

Five years ago, Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren unveiled their radical design for the new China Central Television Tower here to a disbelieving public. Even their client wasn’t sure it could be built, they say.

Formed like a misshapen square doughnut, the building is full of technical challenges, with two towers leaning inward at sharp inclines that will be joined to form one continuous loop.

There were no building codes for this convoluted sort of structure, which Messrs. Koolhaas and Scheeren conceived as a challenge to the notion that all skyscrapers should point skyward. (Complicating matters: Beijing lies in an earthquake zone.)

Now, the moment is fast approaching for a crucial part of the tower’s construction. In a matter of weeks, workers will construct the floors that will join the two leaning towers, producing the building’s unusual shape.

Source:  Wall Street Journal

Futuristic skyline in the Chicago suburbs

November 5, 2007

Want to take a drive-by architecture tour? Forget the boat ride down the Chicago River. Try the Edens Expressway, preferably when the road crews out in force these days aren’t making traffic slow to a crawl.

Near the Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, you’ll whiz by one of the most exhilarating new high-rises to emerge from the Chicago area’s current building boom.

The high-rise is called Optima Old Orchard Woods and is actually not one building, but three interlocking condominium towers that are 20 stories tall and have giant openings cut into them, as though the buildings were made of Swiss cheese.

As you ride by, the holes appear and disappear, joining with the towers’ Lego-like strata of glass and aluminum to create an ever-shifting profile that unfolds with cinematic theatricality.

The 650-unit complex is one of Hovey’s largest and most significant works to date, full of lessons for the contemporary cityscape: Mass-market modernist housing doesn’t have to consist of tombstonelike concrete slabs.

Buildings that dazzle from the highway don’t have to be facile one-liners. An architect can wear a developer’s hat without cutting corners and shortchanging beauty.

Source:  Chicago Tribune

Rock legends U2 behind Dublin skyscraper

October 15, 2007

An egg-shaped recording studio suspended from the top of a 600 foot luxury apartment block was unveiled as part of the rock band U2’s plans for a skyscraper that will dominate Dublin.

The “pod” studio will dangle beneath a battery of vertical wind turbines and a huge solar panel, hanging free from the innovative energy centre for acoustic reasons.

Details of the U2 Tower, which will be the tallest building in Ireland, emerged as it was announced that a consortium led by the band has been selected to construct the £140 million project.

The tilted triangular design will include a public viewing platform.  The south face of the tower is to be clad in solar panels as part of its designers’ commitment to renewable energy.

Work on the U2 Tower is expected to begin next year and it is hoped the building will be finished by 2011.

Source:  Telegraph

Massive ‘vertical neighborhood’ proposed in Beijing

October 8, 2007

Dutch architect Neville Mars and co-designers at the Dynamic City Foundation have drafted plans for what it calls the Beijing Boom Tower, a “vertical neighborhood” offering the living space of Los Angeles in an area 10 times as dense as Manhattan.

The complex would hold parks, retail areas, residential housing and gyms contained in a single block.

“The idea is to test if architecture, as a discipline, can respond to these spatial demands, and what’s the result if it does that,” Mars says.

And its residents could commute to work on the D-Rail, which is an electomagnetic travelator designed to loop around the capital’s Fourth Ring Road. This hybrid between a high-speed train and people-mover, which would operate above the road, supported by columns, would continuously rotate in opposite directions, slowing at boarding points to let people on and off.

Source:  People’s Daily

Plans for tallest building in world revived in Palm Beach

October 3, 2007

The idea for building one of the world’s tallest towers in the middle of downtown is still alive, after city commissioners decided to negotiate with that development group and two others on Tuesday.

Except that the idea has gone from lofty to loftiest – it’s now proposed to be the tallest building in the world.

The building would stand higher than the record-holding 1,800-foot-tall Canadian National Tower in Toronto. And the project doesn’t look like the Seattle Space Needle anymore.

Fort Lauderdale-based High Point Group president Luis D’Agostino brought a model for his presentation that showed a totally different building – this one a 1,957-foot-tall giant with straighter edges and not the tapered look of the former proposal.

Source:  Palm Beach Post

‘Jungle’ hotel tempts developer in Dubai

September 18, 2007

Apeiron Island Hotel

Hotel designed by Sybarite Architects would feature a two-storey jungle at the top of the 28-story building

Developers are said to be hovering over this unique 7-star hotel in Dubai designed by Sybarite Architects after a major hotel group showed interest in putting up the funds.

The US$350m (£173m) 28-floor Aperiron building would be 300m from the Dubai coast and accessible only by boat or helicopter.

As well as 438 luxury suites, it would contain a spa, an art gallery, and an underwater restaurant with views into a surrounding lagoon.

To top it off, the top two floors would house a temperature-controlled butterfly jungle with tropical species.

Source:  Building, with hat tip to Product-reviews.net