Tag Archives: skyscrapers

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Is Literally Sinking

If it tilts any further, the elevators will become unusable. Today the New York Times picks up the story that has riveted San Francisco for months: The developers of the luxurious Millennium Tower laid out the risks and potential defects of the 58-story building in minute detail when its apartments went on sale seven years ago. The color and texture …

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DUBAI: Fire Engulfs Luxury Hotel Skyscraper [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Fire broke out Thursday in a residential building near Dubai’s massive New Year’s Eve fireworks display. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the building near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper at 828 meters (905 yards). Burning debris rained down from the building as …

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Manhattan’s Next Supertall: One Vanderbilt [VIDEO]

I first reported on One Vanderbilt last September, when developers revealed that it will be 200 feet taller than the Empire State, 400 feet taller than the one-block-away Chrysler, and 600 feet taller than its almost-abutting Met Life neighbor. Today we get a new promo video for the tower, which upon completion will briefly become Gotham’s third-tallest building behind One …

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AUSTRALIA: Beyonce Inspires Skyscraper

Vogue reports: In case you didn’t have enough proof that Beyoncé is slowly taking over the world, Australia just approved plans to build a 68-story skyscraper in the shape of the singer’s famously curvaceous figure. While there have been plenty of oddly shaped structures that have gone up in the past—such as these constructions in the form of a robot, …

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New Details About NYC’s Nordstrom Tower

New York Yimby has some new details about midtown’s coming Nordstrom Tower, which is now under construction. Permits for the tower have continued to shift slightly in recent months, but the documents YIMBY previously obtained indicated the building would have a roof height of 1,479 feet and a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, which would make it the tallest residential …

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DUBAI: 80-Story Tower Is On Fire

The fifth-tallest residential building on the world is on fire in Dubai at this writing. The 80-story building is called the Marina Torch and was completed in 2011. Daytime photos of the building are here. Gulf News reports: People being rescued from the tower with smoke inhalation injuries. A resident said the fire alarm went off at 2.05am. “There have …

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Manhattan’s Coming New Skyline

The New York Daily News has published a recap of Manhattan’s insane boom in skyscraper construction. Embiggen the bottom image for a tally on the coming supertalls, several of which will eclipse the Empire State Building’s 1250 feet. The supertall in the center of the top image, 111 West 57th, will be the world’s skinniest skyscaper at 1350 feet tall …

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MANHATTAN: 1WTC Window-Washers Trapped After Cable Snaps At 68th Floor UPDATE: Rescued By The FDNY

UPDATE: The FDNY cut a hole in the window and pulled the workers to safety. #Whew #NotForAMillionBucks.

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1WTC Opens For Business Today

Via the Associated Press: Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business — marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation. Publishing giant Conde Nast will start moving Monday into One World Trade Center, a 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper that dominates the Manhattan skyline. It is America’s tallest …

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Video From Manhattan’s New Supertall

Via Mashable: The new 432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. It’s the first in a wave of new super-tall apartment buildings coming to New York’s skyline. Its top-story penthouse, which recently sold for around $95 million, boasts a view of the city that one would usually need a helicopter to behold. The notation at …

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Next Manhattan Supertall: One Vanderbilt

As I’ve noted in several recent posts, Manhattan is going through an unprecedented boom of new supertall skyscrapers, many of which are mixed-use hotel/retail/condo combos. New York YIMBY provides a look at One Vanderbilt, which will loom over Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan’s east side. Among New York’s existing supertalls, the 1,450-foot building will be closest to the Chrysler, which …

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More Details On Nordstrom Supertall

New York YIMBY has some new details about the planned Nordstrom tower, which will be one of the class of coming Manhattan skyscrapers that the press has dubbed “super-skinny supertalls.” An elevation profile gives a look inside the tower, and at its different components, which range from a Nordstrom at the base, to a hotel, and condominiums on the uppermost …

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NYC Luxury Condo To Rival Height Of WTC

Several skyscrapers now going up on the south end of Central Park in midtown will eclipse the height of the Empire State Building. Today New York YIMBY reveals a similar “super-luxury” condo tower planned for our billionaire overlords in the financial district. YIMBY has the reveal for 125 Greenwich Street, which will become Downtown’s tallest residential skyscraper; a tipster close …

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NEW YORK CITY: Midtown Manhattan May Get World’s Tallest Residential Tower

According to plans leaked by New York Yimby, a skyscraper planned for midtown Manhattan would be only one foot shorter than WTC 1, making it the tallest residential tower in the world. 225 West 57th Street‘s facade will top-out 1,479′ above street level, while a surprise spire on top will cap the tower at 1,775 feet. Adrian Smith and Gordon …

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CHICAGO: Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge Cracks As Tourists Pose For Photos

Speaking of  “Ow, my balls.” NBC Chicago reports: Alejandro Garibay, his brother, and two cousins were in the glass enclosure that juts out of the west side of the building shortly before 10 p.m. when Garibay said they heard cracking. They stepped off and alerted staffers. “I walked them over so they could see and they were totally shocked and …

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NEW YORK CITY: 16 Year-Old Thwarts Security, Reaches Top Of 1 WTC Tower

So much for that “ring of steel” security perimeter around 1 World Trade Center. Via the New York Post: A New Jersey teen captivated by 1 World Trade Center sneaked out of his home in the dead of night, got past the wall of security — and a sleeping guard — making it all the way up to the spire, …

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1WTC Wins “Tallest” Ruling

One World Trade Center has been judged the tallest building in the western hemisphere by the “official” ruling body of such matters. Sorry, Chicago. The nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat—the accepted arbiter on matters of skyscraper height—on Tuesday ruled that the spire atop One World Trade Center counts toward the official “architectural” height, making the new tower …

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Which Is The Tallest?

The “arbiters of world building heights” are meeting this weekend to decide if the almost-completed One World Trade Center will take the crown from Chicago’s Willis Tower as the tallest building in the western hemisphere. “Most of the time these decisions are not so controversial,” said Daniel Safarik, an architect and spokesman for the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and …

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Manhattan’s Coming Super-Skyscrapers

The astounding condo sales for the nearly completed One57 at the southern edge of Central Park has spurred the construction of three more super-skyscrapers, all of which will be even taller and will challenge national height records for residential buildings. Gizmodo has published a breakdown of the coming towers and the one in the center of the above image caught …

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London’s “Fryscraper” Melts Cars

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