The Paris Courthouse, with Green Roof Landscapes, by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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The new, slim, transparent Tribunal de Paris, located in the north-central part of the Paris located in the country of France (rather than the Paris in the state of Texas in the United States)  will round-up the varied facilities currently dispersed around the capital like Voltron to become Europe’s largest law courts complex. The 525-foot-high by 115-foot-wide tower building is composed of four stacked superimposed volumes of decreasing size — similar to that of a staircase — that are carefully planned and designed for the best and efficient ease of use. The tiered level system (with each tier containing about ten stories) also allows large roof terraces that will be landscaped and planted with some 500 trees. This would soften the building’s sharp glass motif to create more comfortable spaces for solitary and group activities.

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower Tops Out in Milan

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) near-560-foot-tall Generali Tower has topped out at 44 stories in Milan, Italy. The building, along with two other towers, forms the centerpiece for the CityLife masterplan, developed to revitalize the former site of Milan’s International Fair, which shuttered in 2005.  The redeveloped site, which began the process in 2004, will be open to year-round public use, and will include new civic spaces, public parks, residential buildings, shopping areas, corporate offices, with direct transport connections to line 5 of the Tre Torri station of the city’s metro system. Continue reading “Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower Tops Out in Milan”

Behold the World’s Tallest Slide, Coming Soon to London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor. Image © ArcelorMittal

Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London, which is already the UK’s tallest sculpture at 114 meters tall — originally built for the 2012 London Olympics — will soon be home to the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide.  According to a report from Metro, the semi-transparent stainless steel tube slide begins its descent 80-meters above ground within the tower’s lattice structure, until spiraling five times before the final 50-meter drop. Bblur architecture and Buro Happold are tasked to design, originally envisioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as a way to attract more visitors. The slide will open in Spring of 2016, and rides will last about 37 seconds and cost only £5 a ride.
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The Mudgee Tower in Austrailia

I have already mentioned how enamored I am with the concept and philosophy of the Tiny House Movement (click here and here for the Doc’D episode on the topic), so this story just adds more to that interest.  This is the Mudgee Tower, designed by Casey Brown Architecture, located on a beautiful remote mountain on a sheep station in central western NSW in Australia.  It turns out that this home was the culmination of the dreams and wishes of the client and it seems to have been delivered perfectly. Continue reading “The Mudgee Tower in Austrailia”

Tulsa, OK Getting A Revolving Weather Museum Shaped Like A Tornado Because REASONS!

If you’re from the state of Oklahoma, then it’s likely that you very much dread the sight of a 300-foot-tall tornado coming across the skyline of your town. However, either for the sake of irony or for the LULZ, in the city of Tulsa there are plans proposed from Oklahoman architecture firm Kinslow, Keith, & Todd for the headquarters of the very first Oklahoma Weather Museum, also called the “Tulsa Tornado Tower.” That’s right, pretty soon the dread of an actual tornado might be taken for grated by many Tulsans. Continue reading “Tulsa, OK Getting A Revolving Weather Museum Shaped Like A Tornado Because REASONS!”

Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Designs Tree-Inspired Montpellier Housing Tower

The City of Montpellier selected Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo architects’ “White Tree (L’Arbre Blanc)” as the winner of the “Architectural Folie of the 21st Century” competition. Inspired by both Montpellier’s tradition of outdoor living and the efficient properties of trees, this mixed-use residential tower will feed off locally available natural resources — to induce comfort, control environmental impacts, scale back emissions with passively cool units with solar fireplaces — as it rises 17-stories to the sky and connects both new (Port Marianne and Odysseum) and old (City Centre) districts of Montpellier. Continue reading “Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Designs Tree-Inspired Montpellier Housing Tower”

Forest Towers Candy HDDs Oculus Rifting Reggie Parks – WIRed #41

Following last weeks on-the-road & OVER THE HILL episode, this week’s WIRed discusses a wooden forest watchtower, how to hack an old HDD into a cotton candy machine, the big deal about the Oculus Rift, and why Reggie Parks is the king of belts, among other things!   Continue reading “Forest Towers Candy HDDs Oculus Rifting Reggie Parks – WIRed #41”

Get Your Own Forest Lookout Tower Headquarters!

When you’re an architecture firm trying to prepare a winning competition entry for the Archi<20 competition festival of architecture held in the Alsace region of France, CLP Architects was attempting to come up with a design that could follow the proper criteria. The rules were that the building needed to be: functional, eco-friendly, sit on a 20-square-meter pavilion (while reflecting local, natural environment), and not exceed the budget of €7,000. Sounds a little daunting, huh? Well, CLP overcame the competition restraints and devised the L’Observatoire.  This tower-like structure provides people a whole, new way to interact with the surrounding forest, offers various lookout points and places to rest, kick back, relax on each floor. It appears that the firm’s resulting structure is a prime example of beautiful form and efficient function.   Continue reading “Get Your Own Forest Lookout Tower Headquarters!”

Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling). …also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! ARCHITECTURE … Continue reading Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

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Welcome the Tokyo Sky Tree, The World’s Tallest Comm Tower

The Sky Tree is Japan’s 2,080-foot tall communications centerpiece and the second tallest building on the planet, dwarfed only by the Burj Khalifa.  It is located in Sumida, Tokyo and cost $806 million to complete, including a two-month delay due to the earthquake and tsunami. Over half a million workers assisted in its construction which was completed in late-February to early-March.

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