September 09, 2011

Future mega buildings

1. Aqua,USA 
 From a distance this skyscraper, to be completed in 2009 in Chicago,
will seem quite traditional. it’ll only be when you get close and look up
that you can appreciate the ripple/jelly effect created by variously
sized balconies from top to bottom.

2. Chicago spire, USA 
The phenomenal Chicago spire, when completed in 2010, will be
the world’s tallest residential building and the tallest building of
any kind in the western world. seemingly modelled on the image
of a giant drill poking through the ground, the 609m structure will
dominate the chicago skyline.

3. CCTV headquarters, China 
At a modest 234m the cctv building isn’t going to stand out
from a distance. however the design and shape is a crowdstopper to say
the least and will be another incredible addition to beijing’s skyline in time
for the 2008 olympics. the shape, described as a ‘z criss-cross’ results in a
very high, seemingly unsupported corner at the front. let’s hope there’s a
glass floor up there.

4. Regatta hotel, Jakarta 
 Taking on a nautical theme, the developers say the 10 smaller
towers represent sailing boats whilst the larger building is ‘the lighthouse’.
It’s the lighthouse that steals the show for me, possibly the most incredible
looking structure i’ve seen for a long time.

5. Residence antilia, India 
 construction has begun on residence antilia despite opposition from those who see it as an 'excessive' design in a city where more than 65% of the population live in slums. politics aside and after you recover from the initial shock of seeing a skyscraper that resembles an ikea cd rack, the builing actually looks like it may succeed as a stunning, unique, green piece of architecture.

6. Russia tower, Russia 
 Topped with an observation deck over the city of Moscow,
Russia tower will become the tallest building in europe when completed
in 2012 and twice the height of the eiffel tower. Construction has already
started on this angular beast which was designed by foster & partners,
also responsible for the gherkin and spaceport america, currently in development.
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