All Mega-Structures

  • Design chosen for Sydney’s tallest residential tower

    German architecture firm, Ingenhoven in collaboration with Australian-based architecture firm Architectus have won the international design competition for the 505 George Street project in Sydney, the building... more
  • The incredible geometric tower proposed for Toronto

    Critically acclaimed American architecture firm Studio Gang has just announced their first project in Canada. Named One Delisle, it is a geometric-looking residential tower that is not like anything you’ve ev... more
  • Vancouver skyscrapers become vibrant vertical villages

    Büro Ole Scheeren has just unveiled the brand new designs for residential twin towers in Vancouver, Canada. The towers’ designs promote social cohesiveness in a dense urban context. Named Barclay Village... more
  • Construction begins on world’s second largest skyscraper

    Construction has begun on the Shimao Shenzenhen-Hong Kong International Centre, which is predicted to become the world’s second-largest skyscraper. Topping out at 667 metres, the building will surpass Shangha... more

China’s ambitious new yacht club and marina completed

China’s world-class Qingdao Wanda Oriental Film Capital Yacht Harbour, designed by Scott Carver alongside the Qingshang Waterfront Space Research Institute, has been completed. The spectacle is located on the southeast side of the Xingguang Island in Qingdao, China, and is the biggest tourism infrastructure development of its kind. Qingdao is a major coastal tourism hub for China, attracting over 15 million visitors annually. This ambitious mega project was designed to be “a celebration of China’s emerging yachting and boating sector, delivered as part of Wanda Group’s new tourism and entertainment island”, said Scott Carver Director, Andrew Turnbull. Despite wild weather conditions, the project was delivered in 1,679 days. Meeting all of the strict international standards, the harbour spans a total sea area of 20.91 hectares and has 1,124m of breakwater designed to ex... more

World’s skinniest tower proposed for Melbourne

A slender 330-metre skyscraper, named ‘Magic’, has been designed by Decibel Architecture, with the intention of becoming a hub for science and technology for the Royal Society of Victoria. If permitted, the 60 storey building on 1 Victoria St in Melbourne will be 7.5 metres taller than Australia's current tallest skyscraper, the Q1 on the Gold Coast. The skyscraper design has been submitted for planning, and if approved, could be built and ready by early 2022. The Royal Society of Australia was founded in 1854 and is a registered charity which aims to assist and encourage young scientists through community guidance. This development would be a step towards revitalising Melbourne’s 159-year-old science hub, aiming to create a flow of millions of dollars into the charity. The Royal Society of Victoria has said that this mega structure will allow them to support more science and... more

World’s tallest wooden skyscraper planned for Tokyo

Sumitomo Forestry has proposed to develop a 70-storey environmentally-friendly wooden skyscraper in conjunction with the company’s 350th anniversary in 2041. The planned structure, in collaboration with renowned architect Nikken Sekkei, is a timber and steel hybrid skyscraper made from 90 per cent wooden materials. The wooden high-rise building is designed to reach 70 floors above ground level at a maximum height of 350 metres, making it Japan’s highest building. Named W350, it would also become the world’s tallest timber building, overtaking Canada’s 18-storey Brock Commons Student Residence. The total construction cost of this hybrid skyscraper is estimated at 600 billion yen (roughly AU $7.44 billion), which is twice the average cost for a conventional skyscraper that size. The multi-use building will be used for residential and commercial purposes such as stores, offic... more

Hong Kong to become an even bigger international aviation hub

A new three-runway system will strengthen Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an international aviation hub. The US$18bn mega-project will expand Hong Kong International Airport from the current two-runway system into a Three-runway system (3RS). The project includes reclamation of 650 hectares of land, construction of a third 3.8km runway, a new passenger concourse, expansion of the existing Terminal 2, provisional of a new 2.6km automated people mover, a new, high-speed baggage handling system along with the construction of other associated airport support infrastructure and utilities. Upon completion of the 3RS, Hong Kong International Airport will be able to serve 30 million additional passengers annually. HKA has entered into a five-year framework agreement with the Airport Authority Hong Kong and will lead a consortium delivering best in class planning, programming, risk and bui... more

Contract awarded for A$224M Dubai project

Middle East‐based HLG Contracting, [foo]in which CIMIC Group has a 45% investment,[/foo] has been awarded a contract with revenue of AED619 million (A$224 million) for the construction of the EXPO Village Parcels 10 and 11 residential towers, by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). HLG will be responsible for the construction of five 16-storey towers. Three of the towers are co-joined through a mutual three-storey podium, and the other two towers are also co-joined through a shared three-storey podium. The development has a total built-up area of 155,000m2. The works include the concrete frames, masonry, facades, fit-out, external works, and provisional sums for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing, wardrobes, kitchen, timber doors, lifts and façade cleaning system. Construction will commence in July 2017, and is due to be completed by June 2019, in time to host guests and par... more

A new city in Johannesburg

In South Africa cities and urban areas are growing rapidly as more people leave rural areas to become urbanised work seekers in a crowded urban environment. In many cases this has resulted in areas growing exponentially, as the needs of thousands of arrivals are catered for. Unplanned development, congestion and commuters travelling long distances to work have become everyday features of life. The result in many urban areas has been the growth of urban sprawl - forecasts show that Johannesburg will have a population of 15 million by 2025. The US$8billion city project Modderfontein in Johannesburg, South Africa is set to become a modern urban centre that includes all the functions of a city, such as finance, trade, logistics, commerce, technology, education, health care and housing. The Town centre covers an area of approximately 240 ha, and will be combined with quality infrast... more

Singapore development lets people work, live, shop, play and relax

Located in Singapore’s most progressive city precinct at the heart of the URA’s urban regeneration masterplan, the major SGD$3.2 billion (AUD 2.9 billion) Paya Lebar Quarter project is developed by Lendlease. The development includes three world-class office towers offering next generation workspaces, an exclusive 429-unit premier residence, and over 200 retailers with indoor and alfresco dining experiences sit amidst lush green, connected spaces. The development is located on 4 hectares, and when completed in 2018, the three grade A office towers will offer close to 93,000 square metres of best-in-class office space and amenities. The towers will complemented by high quality retail and public amenities to maximise workplace efficiency and productivity. Towers 1 and 2 will have 14 floors each while Tower 3 will have 13 floors. Construction commenced in January 2016 and the ... more

New Mall of the World to meet Dubai’s growing tourism industry

Mall of the World, the upcoming retail mega hub planned for Dubai, is to be relocated, developer Dubai Holding has revealed. The company, which first unveiled plans for the world's biggest shopping mall in 2014, has said it will now be located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to allow its contribution to the emirate’s tourism growth to be “fully realised”. “Tourism remains a major part of Dubai’s diversification strategy and Mall of the World will be a critical part of that vision,” said Ahmad Bin Byat, vice chairman and managing director of Dubai Holding. “Dubai Holding is committed to developing Mall of the World, a major retail and leisure destination in the region, and believes that the new location on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, will be an outstanding home for the project, as it will allow Dubai Holding to further expand as needed in the future according ... more