8 December 2015

New architectural icons 2015

The year 2015 comes to a close has given us great architectural projects that continue to raise the bar for technical capabilities and wonder to which we are able to reach.

In this report, we discuss some of the highlights of this year has offered new as suggestive as the new tallest buildings in China and Africa and to build a luxury apartment building in Manhattan that exceeds in height to the very Empire State.

1. 432 Park Avenue
This apartment block in the heart of Manhattan, between Calles 56 and 57 will revolutionize the skyline of the city and will be the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere with its 425 meters high. The views cover the whole city and its luxury apartments, only available to privileged pocket will be configured as palladianos spaces provided, with ceilings of almost 4 meters and windows 3×3, with a panoramic so far only been achieved by helicopter flights in NY.

2. Shanghai Tower
In the financial area of ​​Lujiazui in Shanghai, this new prototype of skyscrapers and new icon of modernity of the Chinese superpower stands. With its altitude of 632 meters has been ranked as the tallest building in China and the world’s second, making way for a new concept of vertical city where business spaces, hotel and a great range of restaurants, shopping centers combine and cafes.

Its innovative design spiral and a second glass skin has provided for ventilation and innovative use of renewable energy.

3. The seat of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi
Planned for 2012 but delayed until 2016, and takes shape this stunning contemporary building that will display works by Van Gogh, Warhol, Monet or Matisse through an agreement between the governments of Fracia and UAE will lead the first universal museum built on a Arab country as an example of harmony between civilizations.

Architecturally, the Jean Nouvel project aims to invent a new model of city-museum with a renewed aesthetic of Moorish architecture and the centerpiece of a huge dome.

4. Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental hotel
One of the most visually impressive works of 2015 is this luxury hotel designed by the British firm Atkins being built in Songjiang District in Shanghai.

Leveraging the vast cavity of an abandoned quarry, it has designed an embedded in the ground with a facade of over 100 meters and the construction of underwater levels taking advantage of a pool of existing water will result in a futuristic building that will house guest building from $ 300 per night.

5. Al Noor Tower Casablanca
Still in its initial phase, the singular form has earned him the nickname “The Tower of the Lord of the Rings of Africa”, particularly Barad-dur, tower-fortress of Sauron.

Which promises to be the tallest tower in Africa, will be signed by the Dubai-based company Middle East Development LLC and will reach 540 meters to revolutionize the modest skyline of the economic capital of Morocco with a new residential space and businesses that want to boost the regional economy.