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.

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.

Urban experiments for ‘ghost’ Metro stations


A Paris Mayoral candidate has pledged to repurpose disused Metro stations if she is elected, offering a range of interesting suggestions for the spaces.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet commissioned Oxo Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés to produce ideas for the renovation of the stations, including plans for an art gallery, a restaurant and even an underwater swimming pool.

The plans used Arsenal station (near Bastille) as an example, which closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and never reopened.

Paris has several out-of-use and never-opened Metro stops, and Kosciusko-Morizet would consult the public for more ambitious ideas if she wins the election next month. However, RATP (France’s public transport operator) raised concerns about the cost and safety of permanently repurposing the stations.

The London Underground also has ‘ghost’ stations, such as the original Shepherd’s Bush station, British Museum and Aldwych, which has been used for several films – would you like to see this kind of plan for our transport network?

Take a look at some of the ideas here.

World’s tallest building to be built in just 90 days!


Work is set to begin next month on what will become the world’s tallest building, and its constructors say it will be completed in just 90 days.

China’s Broad Group will be constructing the building, which they say will be built at a rate of five storeys a day.

On completion the building entitled the ‘Sky City’ tower will include schools, a hospital, 17 helipads and apartments for more than 30,000 people.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if you are a fan of this architecture. 

Renowned architects create fantastic designs with LEGO


Three world-renowned architecture firms were given sets off LEGO and tasked to use their imaginations to design something new.

This year LEGO introduced ‘LEGO Architecture Studio‘ – a LEGO set designed exclusively for adults – and gave the architecture firms a set each.

The firms included in this were SHoP ArchitectsSnøhetta and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

The architect’s designs certainly didn’t disappoint, with designs ranging from ice sculptures and even entire cityscapes.

Take a look at the rest of the designs here, and tell us if you think you could do better. 

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