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DC Tower I in Vienna by Dominique Perrault Architecture, photo: © DC Towers / Michael Nagl

DC Tower I in Vienna by Dominique Perrault Architecture, photo: © DC Towers / Michael Nagl

Dominique Perrault Architecture has inaugurated the tallest building in Austria, the iconic DC Tower 1 in Vienna, with an undulating “folded façade”.

 

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Tue 29.5.

Wind Tower by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos (ES)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 29.05.2012 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Wind Tower by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos; image courtesy of the architects

A Valencia-based architectural practice Fran Silvestre Arquitectos have designed this striking tower devoted to the wind which ‘combines renewable energy that feeds the city and its facilities with electricity, without needing other resources.’ (more…)

Fukoku Tower by Dominique Perrault Architecture; photo © Daici Ano

Inspired by ‘a gigantic tree whose roots proliferate on the surface of the ground’, this reflective glass-clad office building was completed in 2010 by a renowned Parisian architectural practice Dominique Perrault Architecture. Located in Osaka, Japan, the 28-storey tower was developed for Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company and apart from the office space, the high-rise also encompasses additional facilities such as university laboratory, underground car park and a 4.900-square-meters commercial area. (more…)

Control Tower at Vienna’s Schwechat Airport, the mebrane is illuminated by night; Zechner & Zechner Architects, Vienna; Photo © Zechner & Zechner

Most children have at one time or another spent time with their parents or grandparents in the panorama restaurant of an airport and have watched in fascination as the planes take off and land — moments in which we, too, take off in our imaginations in order to land again later and have terra firma beneath our feet once more. (by Susanne Fritz)

 

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European Nature Reserve Observation Tower by terrain:loenhart&mayr

Recently the Munich based architectural practice terrain:loenhart&mayr unveiled The Murturm Nature Observation Tower at the Mur river in Austria. Following the principles of a double-helix the architects realised a sculptural structure of 27m height which allows scientific monitoring as well as visual access to the river renaturation project. The tower is the inital project of the larger scheme for the MUR NATURE RESERVE, designed by terrain:loenhart&mayr.

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Tue 23.3.

Hegau-Tower by Murphy / Jahn (USA)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 23.03.2010 - Tagged as: , , ,

Hegau Tower by Murphy / Jahn, photo by Rainer Viertlböck

The Chicago based architectural practice Murphy / Jahn, renowned for their tower constructions such as the ‘Bahn-Tower’ at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz or the ‘Messeturm’ in Frankurt, realised this 68 m high, 18 storeyed office building in Singen/Germany.

Hegau Tower by Murphy / Jahn, photo by Rainer Viertlböck

Hegau Tower by Murphy / Jahn, photo by Rainer Viertlböck

Hegau Tower by Murphy / Jahn, photo by Rainer Viertlböck

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'Torres de Herkules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

'Torres de Hercules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

Recently the Spanish Rafael de la Hoz Architects completed the ‘Torres de Hercules’ in Cadiz. The towers symbolise the legendary Pillars of Hercules and are the tallest buildings in Andalusia.

Two cylindrical, white towers rising from a flat pool of water. On the façade-a giant lattice-appears the mythical motto from the legend of the Pillars of Hercules, “Non Plus Ultra” (nothing further beyond), warning sailors in the Mediterranean of the edge of the known world.

'Torres de Herkules' by Rafael de la Hoz

'Torres de Hercules' by Rafael de la Hoz

“At a height of 126 meters, the “Torres de Hercules” rise up from the Bay of Algeciras, as a new benchmark in the Campo de Gibraltar and the transition of the Straight, as their uniqueness changes the area’s landscape.

Located in the Bay of Algeciras (Cadiz) , the new construction, which is surrounded by a man-made lake, is comprised of two identical 20-storey cylindrical towers, joined by a crystalline prism which houses the hallways connecting the two buildings.”

'Torres de Herkules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

'Torres de Hercules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

“Its outer appearance is configured by the structure of the building, a gigantic lattice which completely surrounds the perimeter. They contain the giant letters of the legend “Non Plus Ultra”.

Their job is to protect the inside of the building from excess solar radiation while providing panoramic views of the Bay of Algeciras, the Rock of Gibraltar, and the Serrania.

This grid extends past the building’s limits, as a “unique element” protecting the terrace roof-top deck, while at the same time acting as a base for possible energy collecting and telecommunications systems.

The project, with a total surface area of 19,000 square meters, was contracted by the Valcruz company of Cordoba. They will use the majority of the building for office space, although some of the floors will have commercial space and services, such as: coffee shops, bank branches, a travel agency, a messenger service, etc.”

'Torres de Herkules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

'Torres de Hercules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

“On the top floor, 80 meters up, will be a lookout restaurant. Above this, a panoramic roof-top deck will boast unique views over the Straight of Gibraltar, Mount Musa and the Alcornocales Natural Park.

The building has a main entrance for pedestrians and cars which provides a clear view of the towers. The 200-spot ground-level parking lot is located on the other side of the towers and is organized around a landscaped area.

The complex has a strategic location, which utilizes all of the region’s potential while at the same time being easily accessible. The objective is to take advantage of all of the possibilities offered by the Bay of Algeciras and the accessibility by the major motorways from Seville, Gibraltar, the Costa del Sol, and the Jerez de la Frontera airport.”

'Torres de Herkules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

'Torres de Hercules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

'Torres de Herkules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

'Torres de Hercules' by Rafael de la Hoz Architects

Area: 19.600 sq m (204,514sq ft)

Use: Office

Height: 100 m (328ft)

Stories: 20

Owner / Developer: Valcruz

Collaborating Architects (Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Studio): Jesús Román, Peter Germann, Markus Lassan, Alex Cafcalas, Ulrik Weinert, Iván Ucrós, Ángel Rolán, Margarita Sánchez, Nicolas André, Ivonne de Souza y Paola Merani.

Quantities surveyor: Rafael Vegas

Structures Engineering: Inepro S.L. and NB 35

Installations Engineering: IG Ingeniería y Gestión and Úrculo Ingenieros

Contractor: Construcciones Sánchez Domínguez-Sando


to the Rafael de la Hoz Architects website

Visitor Center Nebra Ark by Holzer Kobler Architects

Visitor Center Nebra Ark by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

The Nebra Sky Disc is the oldest known visual representation of the cosmos – a unique testimony to the cultural history of central Europe. Since it was discovered in Nebra, Saxony-Anhalt/Germany in 2002, the bronze Sky Disc has been the focus of attention from all over the world. Nebra Ark – the multimedia visitors’ centre and the Oberservation Tower near the site where the find was made – pays tribute to the great cultural and historical significance of this unique artefact. It was designed by the Swiss architects Holzer Kobler Architekturen.

Visitors' Center Nebra Ark by Holzer Kobler Architects

Visitors' Center Nebra Ark by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Here is what the Architects explain:

The emblematic architecture of the Nebra Ark embeds the history of the sky disc into its place of discovery. The golden cladding of the Visitor Center echoes the “solar bark”, one of the motifs depicted on the Sky Disc. The volume of the building is divided into three horizontal bodies. The middle section, between the foundation that appears to be thrust out of the landscape and the golden body towering above, forms a transparent entrance area from where the visitors enter the building at ground level. The core of the Nebra Ark, its luminescent body, floats above the entrance area and points to the 30-meter-high observation tower that marks the site where the disc was discovered. Leaning slightly to one side, the tower has been designed as the pointer of a giant sundial. A permanent exhibition, designed as well by Holzer Kobler Architekturen, provides information about the site and the historical background of the Sky Disc.

Oberservation Tower by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Oberservation Tower by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

View from the Oberservation Tower, by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

View from the Oberservation Tower, by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

to the Holzer Kobler Architekturen website