Groundbreaking landmark on New Jersey site


This landmark project called ‘Journal Squared’ is set to become the tallest building in New Jersey, USA.

Journal Squared, which is an urban renewal project, will include three unique towers with a strong white and blue cuboid design, dominating but not overwhelming the surrounding area.

The design, which was created by Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects, has been described as ‘touch[ing] the ground lightly as its mass morphs into smaller units’.

The lower levels of the mixed-use towers will become retail and leisure areas with ‘tree-filled plazas’, while the upper stories of the towers will be residential.

Take a closer look at Journal Squared here and let us know what you think of the design.

White Tree: a tower with branches


The design for a 17-storey tower in France has been revealed, named ‘White Tree’, or ‘arbre blanc’.

White Tree, which will be built in Montpellier, has an organic feel with ‘leaves’ branching off the main body of the tower, creating modular spaces and areas of shade.

Inspired by Mediterranean and Japanese influences (the design team includes NLA, OXO and Sou Fujimoto), the tower also incorporates hanging gardens, plants and trees.

White Tree will overlook the historic and modern parts of Montpellier, and is designed to be a mixed-use tower, including an art gallery and a panoramic bar.

Find out more about the unique design here and tell us what you think of it.

The Sustainability Treehouse


Architectural practice Mithun has designed a tree-house with a difference in West Virginia – it educates visiting Scouts about sustainability.

The Sustainability Treehouse, which is 125 feet tall, has been designed to encourage ‘camp adventure, environmental stewardship and innovative building design’.

Using a weathering steel frame to rise through the trees, the tree-house incorporates wind turbines and photovoltaic panels for renewable energy.

With interactive galleries and educational spaces at ground, tree canopy and sky levels, the Sustainability Treehouse is an immersive and entertaining experience for any of its visitors.

Take a closer look at the structure here and tell us if you would like to see more ‘living buildings’.

Broadcast tower design resembles ribbon


The winning design for a new tower in Turkey has been revealed – and it resembles a bright orange ribbon.

The design for Çanakkale Antenna Tower was submitted by architects Inter.National.Design and Powerhouse Company.

It incorporates recreational facilities which were called for in the brief, as well as the broadcast and observation tower, which forms much of the continuous loop.

At 100 metres high, the scheme certainly stands out amongst the surrounding forest landscape and will surely be a must-see for any tourists visiting the nearby town of Çanakkale (which is close to the legendary city of Troy).

Find out more about the tower here and tell us what you think of this striking design.

UK-GBC launches new ‘Pinpoint’ website


The UK-GBC launched their new ‘Pinpoint‘ website this week.

Pinpoint is an online resource for the green building industry which gives industry professionals the opportunity to share their insights on a digital platform.

The new Pinpoint offers users a number of ways to filter their way through resources – from simple tick boxes to a Google-like search bar at the top.

Pinpoint is completely free both to sign-up and post your own resources or to read ones other users have uploaded.

The Think Tank is very pleased to have been involved in this project and are proud of the new website which has been built.

Take a look at  the new and improved Pinpoint here.

Ecobuild opens its doors for the tenth time!


London’s ExCel arena opened its doors to Ecobuild 2014 this week.

Ecobuild is a yearly exhibition that is a must-see event for architects, contractors and manufacturers in the green building industry.

This edition saw Ecobuild celebrate its ten year anniversary.

There were a few highlights from this year’s show, featuring cinematic tents, wooden pianos and many compelling presentations on the cutting edge topics in the green building industry.

The UKGBC were also in attendance – one of their highlights was to show off their new Pinpoint website which The Think Tank are very pleased to have developed for them.

Take a look at the highlights and find out more here.

An office desk with space for 175 people


An office in New York is now the proud owner of a 1100-foot-long ‘super-desk’ which can seat every single one of its employees, with room to spare.

Advertising company Barbarian Group commissioned architect Clive Wilkinson to create an office that would ‘encourage collaboration and communication’, giving staff the space to move freely.

However, the desk isn’t straightforward and rectangular – instead, it curves up and around different points of the office, giving it an open and organic feel as it creates cubbyholes and corridors.

Take a closer look at the ‘super-desk’ in the video below or in Wilkinson’s interview with The New York Times here. Tell us if you would like to work on a desk like this.

Introducing the Superdesk from The Barbarian Group on Vimeo.

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