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Winning Design Proposal for the Council of Ministers in Baghdad by Manhal Al Habbobi

Iraqi architect Manhal Al Habbobi is the one behind the winning Proposal of the architectural competition to design the new compound for the General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers in Baghdad. More than 30 international architects participated in this competition including Zaha Hadid.

5 Amazing Buildings due for Completion in 2012

Defining the development level of construction from around the world and showcasing architect’s most wild design dreams, 2012 will see the opening of some the most stunning buildings in the world, here is a list with 5 of the top developments to be completed within the next few month: 1. Delanoe Tower by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron This 50-story building will be the first skyscraper in Paris, France. Also known as Projet Triangle, the office and residential building will use solar and wind power. It will overlook Paris from its southwestern extremity at the porte de Versailles, already home to a… Read more »

NSC “Olimpiyskyi” – Stadium for Euro2012 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Less than a year is left till the European Cup of Nations Euro 2012 – the 14th European Championship for national football teams sanctioned by UEFA. The host countries, Ukraine and Poland, are in their last stage of stadium preparations.  5 games of the cup including the final match will be hosted in the National Sport Complex “Olimpiyskiy” in Kyiv, Ukraine. The sport complex’s stadium, built in 1923, has been through many reconstruction processes and name changes during its life span. The most recent renovations started in August 2008; the old sport complex had to be adjusted for the needs and requirements of the upcoming football cup according… Read more »

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Iceland

On the 20th of August 2011 Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland – the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera – was celebrating its official opening. Construction started the gigantic structure on the 12th of January 2007, and had its first opening concert on the 4th of May 2011 while the building was still in final touch-up stages. The Harpa Concert Hall is situated next to the sea reflecting a connection between water and land in its design. The structure’s curtain walls are made of the repetition of a glass and steel semi-crystal panel called quasi-bricks. The… Read more »

Egypt’s Orascom Group Revives the World’s Worst Building

The Ryugyong Hotel, in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea, once described as the worst building in the world, is now being revived by Orascom Group, an Egyptian construction company, and is scheduled to open in 2012. The hotel was a project aiming to show off the powers of communist North Korea in the cold war era. Construction that started in early 1987 on the mega hotel, stumbled with the crackdown of communism, which if completed as scheduled, it would’ve been open by June 1989, as the tallest hotel and 7th tallest building in the world. After the crumbling of the Communist bloc… Read more »

The New APPLE Campus by Foster + Partners
Metropol Parasol – The Largest Wooden Structure in the World

Metropol Parasol is one of the most creative and outstanding redevelopment of the city square – Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville, Spain. In 2004 German Architect Jurgen Mayer H. won the competition of creating a new iconic place for Seville. 2011 Mayer presented the new world’s largest wooden structure in style of urbanism of the 21st century. The bizarre frame, shaped as a gigantic mushroom, consists of 8000 wooden items, covering 5000 sq m of the Plaza (the size is 150 by 70 meters, built on 4 levels with a maximum height of 26 meters). It took a series… Read more »

Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Center Ready for London 2012 Olympics

Construction work has been completed on the new Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park, London, UK which will be used for the 2012 London Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid and developed by Balfour Beatty, Aquatic Center will be the venue for Swimming, Paralympic Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and the Aquatics discipline of the Modern Pentathlon. Built to accommodate 17,500 spectators during the games, (which will be reduced to 2,500 after the Games). It is located in the southern side of the Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, and will also serve as the main entrance to… Read more »

First Images of the World’s NEW Tallest building -Jeddah

Today AS+GG Design Firm in Chicago, announced that they will be designing The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to be the tallest in the world. At over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) and a total construction area of 530,000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the $20 billion Kingdom water-front City development in Jeddah, near the Red Sea. It will surpass Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (800 meters) by at least 173 meters. Expected to cost $1.2 billion to construct, Kingdom Tower will be a mixed-use building featuring a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and… Read more »

San Alfonso del Mar – the Largest Pool in the World

San Alfonso del Mar is a resort in Algarrobo, Chile, also known for its world’s largest swimming pool according to the Guinness World Records.   The resort is owned by a Chilean biochemist and businessman Fernando Fischmann, the head of Crystal Lagoon Corporation – the company that designed the gigantic pool. He used the patented technology to “harvest, filter and permanently recirculate ocean water”. “This advance provides something that until now was not technically possible – the generation of monumental masses of water in a crystalline state to provide a beach life environment and aquatic sports at the top level,” Fernando… Read more »

Nemo 33 – The Deepest Diving Pool in the World

In 1996 after learning to dive in blue lagoon John Beernaerts got a thought to recreate the conditions of Bora Bora islands in Brussels, Belgium. 7 years of construction and 3,2 million euros spent on Beernaerts’ design and on the 1st of May 2004 the efforts resulted into the opening of the first deepest diving pool in the world – Nemo 33. The name came from a combination of Jules Verne’s book – Captain Nemo and the pool’s maximum depth mark. Its maximum depth is 33 meters (108 ft) and it contains 2.5 million liters of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained at 30 °C (86 °F). The… Read more »

The World’s 4th Tallest Tower – Wuhan, China

Another Chinese architectural giant is emerging on the scene. On Tuesday 21st of June, the Wuhan Greenland center tower, was announced to be the Landmark of the city of Wuhan in central China, potentially transiting the city from a regional center to an international one. Upon completion the tower would be the 4th tallest structure in the world at 606 m, 119 stories high, dwarfed only by the likes of the Shanghai Tower -scheduled for completion in 2014- at 632 meters high,  and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower at 828 m high. American firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the winner of… Read more »

Comic and Animation Museum – Hangzhou, China

We’ve been mentioning China a few times so far since our start and we still didn’t get enough! Featuring another magnificent structure scheduled for construction in 2012, the China Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China. Dutch studio MVRDV – the winner of museum’s international design competition – quoted: “(Rotterdam, 5th May 2011) Hangzhou urban planning bureau has announced MVRDV winner of the international design competition for the China Comic and Animation Museum (CCAM) in Hangzhou, China. MVRDV won with a design referring to the speech balloon: a series of eight speech balloon shaped volumes create an internally complex museum experience of in total… Read more »

Oriental Art Center – Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China, a rising mega city that have attracted the architectural spot light for the past decade, with dream designs brought to reality, and a symbolic message sent out showing off a mighty city in a mighty country.  Today we feature one of the iconic buildings of amazing Shanghai, The Oriental Art Center. Designed by Paris’s Paul Andreu, he formed a beautiful 7 levels-giant flower covered by a cantilevered roof, enclosing 3 auditorium halls [philharmonic orchestra hall (1979 seats), a lyric theater (1054 seats) and a chamber music hall (330 seats)].  It also houses public facilities such as an exhibition hall, music shops,… Read more »

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