Imagine responding to a service by Roger Federer with a backhand and, in the meantime, being able to admire your city from above. It looks like a scene from a science fiction film and instead it is the latest project by architect Carlo Ratti, founder of the Carlo Ratti Associati studio, and Italo Rota, founder of the studio of the same name. Continue reading »
Called “Tribute: The Monument of Giant”, the visionary scheme imagines buildings constructed within the empty trunks of giant sequoias, a type of redwood tree native to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The structures would be placed where heartwood has rotted away, preventing the huge ancient trees from falling. Continue reading »
A New York architecture firm Clouds Architecture Office is proposing a design for the world’s tallest building Analemma Tower, which would hang down from the sky suspended by air cables attached to an asteroid. Continue reading »
The American Radiator Building (since renamed to the American Standard Building) is a landmark skyscraper located at 40 West 40th Street, in midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was conceived by the architects John Howells and Raymond Hood, and built in 1924 for the American Radiator Company. Continue reading »
Architect Mark Foster Gage has unveiled stunning plans for this 100-story, skyline-defining structure for Midtown Manhattan with views of Central Park. Commissioned by a developer to explore a statement-making skyscraper, the work includes carved figures and ornate balconies. Continue reading »
Rising up from the flat plains around it like an enormous, triple-hulled rocket and topped with what can only be described as a giant gold golf ball, Huaxi’s 1,076 ft-tall “New Village in the Sky” officially opened on October 8, making Huaxi, about an hour’s drive from Shanghai, the only rural village in the world with its own skyscraper.
But then Huaxi is no ordinary village — it is an extraordinary example of China’s schizophrenic blend of communism and capitalism: a centrally-planned utopia where collectivism has made everyone not just equal, but rich as well.
The village’s 4.5 billion dollars of assets and investments, which include a one-ton solid-gold water buffalo and two shiny new helicopters, are publicly-owned and each year, one-fifth of the village’s post-tax profits are shared out in an annual bonus.
The “richest village in China” emerged in the 1980’s as a symbol of China’s rural economic growth. (Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images) Continue reading »
A construction worker looks at a golden bull weighing one ton with a worth of 300 million yuan ($46.9 million) in the hall of a skyscraper under construction in Huaxi village, the richest village of China, located in East China’s Jiangsu province. The 328-meter-high 74-storey skyscraper cost more than 1.5 billion yuan and is scheduled to go into operation in October, 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the village. It ranks as the 15th tallest skyscraper in the world and the eighth tallest in China. (CFP) Continue reading »
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