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Azerbaijan plans construction of world’s tallest building

15 Feb
VNRE – The Burj Khalifa, which has held the title of world’s tallest building with a height of 2,717 ft (828 m) since its completion in 2010, may have its crown stolen by a new building proposed for an artificial archipelago under construction on the shores of the Caspian Sea southwest of the Azerbaijan capital, Bakou. The proposed Azerbaijan Tower would reach 3,445 ft (1,050 m) into the sky, making it even taller than Saudi Arabia’s proposed Kingdom Tower by 164 ft (50 m).

According to News.Az, the Azerbaijan Tower would boast 189 floors and be built by Avesta Consern as part of the Khazar Islands development. The tower would form the centerpiece of the development, which will consist of 41 artificial islands spread over an area of 2,000 hectares (2,942 acres). The tower alone is expected to cost US$2 billion, while the city, which is designed to house one million residents and will contain everything a modern city needs – plus a Formula One racetrack – is estimated to cost $100 billion.
The announcement might come as a bit of a surprise given the current world economic climate, which has already claimed the proposed Nakheel Tower.
Avesta plans to begin construction of the Azerbaijan Tower in 2015 with a planned 2018 – 2019 completion date. The entire Khazar Islands are due for completion by 2022.
A video from Avesta showing how the Khazar Islands development will look upon completion can be viewed below.

Source: News.Az via Architizer
Images: Business Insider

PVC officially announces the proposed architecture of PVN Tower

30 Mar
VNREToday, PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation (PVC) held a ceremony to announce and award winning of the architectural design competition for PVN Tower project.

The jury of the contest decided to award first prize worth 50 thousand dollars for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Company – U.S., second prize worth 30 thousand dollars for Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA) – Australia and third prize worth 20 thousand dollars for the joint venture of PCIC – Codinachs (Spain) and Nikken Sekkei Co. – Japan.

According to organization board, the contest plans are to ensure criterias that the competition proposed, namely: harmonious, highclass, efficiency, symbolic, feasibility of the technical of building.

With winning plans, PVC will be given priority in talks to sign a contract in order of First, Second, Third. Mr.Vu Duc Thuan, General Director of PVC, said PVN Tower project will be adjusted down to 79 storeys in comparision with originally planned as 102 storeys. The project is designed to withstand earthquakes level 7th. Total capital investment of 600 million USD and won’t use sources from State budget and Vietnam National Oil and Gas group.

Accordingly, PVC and other members will take 15% of capital and invite some foreigners to work together, towards the foreign partners to hold controlling shares. PVC is currently in negotiations with a number of the group as Hyundai, Samsung of Korea for financial arrangements. According to Mr.Vu Duc Thuan, PVC will increase its chartered capital from 2000 billion to 5000 billion VND, while the capital of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group in PVC will withdraw to 20% instead of 40% today.

PVN Tower will be built on 25 hectares of land in Me Tri commune, Tu Liem district, Ha Noi for business in the areas of office, commercial centers, hotels, apartment… maximum height of 500m. The building will bring the international symbol for Vietnam’s oil and gas industry.

Second Prize: Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA) – Australia

Third Prize: PCIC – Codinachs (Spain) and Nikken Sekkei Co. – Japan.

World One Residential Tower

9 Jun
A Mumbai developer is about to start construction on what he claims will be the world’s tallest residential tower. If you are super rich, you can see what such lofty living feels like.

Mumbai builder Lodha Developers Ltd. said it will finish the over 117-storey stack of private homes called “World One” in 2014.

At more than 450 meters, it will be taller than the Empire State Building in New York or the Willis Tower, known until quite recently as the Sears Tower, in Chicago. It is also scheduled to beat the record for tallest residential tower which is currently held by the 323-meter residential complex in Australia called “Q1.”

World One will cost around $450 million to build and its rooms are already being sold at prices of $1.5 million all the way up to more than $12 million, according to the developer.

The building will get one of the highest environmental ratings in the world by recycling its water, harvesting rain water and using solar power, the developer said.

“This will help put Mumbai at the forefront of the architectural revolution that is happening across the world,” said Abhisheck Lodha, managing director of Lodha Developers.

He said this proud protrusion on the Mumbai skyline will point to how, “India is asserting itself on the global stage.”

This tallest residence, built on the grounds of a failed textile company, will not suffer the fate of many of the world’s tallest buildings which have often heralded the end of property booms, Mr. Lodha said. There is more than enough economic growth and demand for quality housing in Mumbai to find enough rich folks to fill the tower, he said.

India’s first sight of what may become a symbol of the city’s vibrancy didn’t go so smoothly, though. As Mr. Lodha and the building’s designers stood amid loud music, flashing spotlights and a bunch of stage smoke, the rotating platform that was supposed to turn and reveal the projected profile of the World One refused to turn all the way around.

After five minutes of uncomfortable smiling on stage it was fixed to show the architects’ rendition of what the oval-shaped tower will look like.

To design the massive building, Lodha brought in two U.S. firms: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, which helped design the pyramid in the Louvre in Paris, and Leslie E. Robertson Associates, which was behind the old World Trade Center in New York and other famous buildings including the Bank of China in Hong Kong.

The design of the skyscraper takes into account Indian family values, said Jay Berman, partner at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Indians want access to outside air so each apartment has a balcony.

“The insides of the apartments are not like New York, Hong Kong or London,” as Indian families don’t want to be shut in, he said. “Everybody expects some outdoor space.”

And like most big projects here, the principals of Vastu, or Indian Feng-Shui, were used in the building’s design. The tallest part of the building, for example, towers over the most auspicious corner of the property.

The height of the building will not only allow great views of the city and the Arabian Sea, it will also cut down on some of the less desirable things that Mumbai is also famous for: noise, pollution and heat.

The flats on the higher floors will get 30% less street noise and 4.5C degrees lower temperatures than all of us who dwell at the bottom.

Source: India Real TimeOther photos