Vertical Entertaining – Tower House For Guests

Resting on a stone pedestal, the Observation Lounge by Pfeffer Torode Architecture offers an entertaining space above the treetops. A wooden spiral staircase leads you through the three-story tower. Among the levels are a natural oak and chiseled stone kitchen and a living area above. Local materials make up the rustic palette which is finished with a mix of custom furniture and family heirlooms. Encased in floor-to-ceiling windows, the main room is afforded sweeping views of the countryside. The star of this project is an impressive spiral staircase which is the backbone of the structure and draws guests upwards to three floors of pure countryside splendor with amazing 360 degree views of the property. Some time ago we’ve already featured similar tower, take a look at Wooden Guest House in a Former Factory Tower.

15 Most Beautiful Towers in The World

People have always been fascinated by the desire to reach the sky. While we don’t have wings to fly, we certainly have the brains and the skills to build towers whose tips always aspire to reach beyond the clouds. Here is a list of the 15 of the world’s most beautiful towers that have been astounding people ever since they have been built.

New World’s Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava’s Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has released more images of his proposed Dubai Creek Tower – now under construction and expected to surpass the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa. The landmark observation tower broke ground earlier this week on Dubai Creek Harbour, a vast development along the waterfront of the United Arab Emirates city. Calatrava hasn’t revealed the planned height of the tower yet – but the architect’s son, Micael Calatrava, has said that the structure will be “a notch taller” than the nearby Burj Khalifa. According to the team, the structure’s curved profile is influenced by both the form of the lily flower and the minarets that are typical of traditional Islamic architecture. It will feature rotating balconies, vertiginous observation decks and elevated gardens intended to evoke the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. “The building’s design is inspired by the Islamic tradition, evoking the same history that brought the world the Alhambra and the Mosque of Cordoba,” said Santiago Calatrava. The structure will be tethered to its waterfront site by cables – not dissimilar to those used in the architect’s Jerusalem Chords Bridge, which is modelled on a harp. These are intended to look like the ribbing of a lily’s leaves. Meanwhile, the observation decks will come together to create a bud-like shape near the top of the tower. “These architectural marvels combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry.” The tower will also integrate a sustainable cooling system that will also provide water for cleaning its exterior. “The design of the tower of Dubai Creek Harbour is rooted in classical art and the culture of Dubai itself. It is also a major technological achievement,” said Calatrava. “Throughout my career I have used technology and engineering as a vehicle for beauty and art,” he added. “This project is an artistic achievement, inspired by the goal of making this space a meeting point for citizens, not only from Dubai and the UAE but all across the world. It is a symbol of belief in progress.” The tower and Dubai Creek Harbour scheme are being developed by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties, the same firm behind the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Creek Harbour scheme will also include a pair of rocket-shaped residential towers, which the developers say will be the tallest in the world.

David Tajchman’s Topological Gran Mediterraneo Tower For Tel Aviv

Designed by Belgian architect David Tajchman, the “Gran Mediterraneo” is a conceptual highrise building conceived for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The scheme brings together a range of innovative functions, including an automated car-park and induction charging stations for electric driverless vehicles. The multistorey tower boasts a topological geometry that contrasts the contemporary orthodox approach of stacked horizontal slabs wrapped with mirrored glass. Built with white concrete, the highrise’s façade takes on a cellular appearance, filled with native mediterranean vegetation. The tower offers a diverse mix of programs suitable for vertical living. as well as residential apartments and a hotel, the complex incorporates a range of bars and restaurants, farming areas and public gardens, swimming pools and dead sea spas. In addition, the “Gran Mediterraneo” includes coworking spaces for offices and local startups, alongside a host of educational and event spaces for larger functions. internal space is flexible, with individual apartments radiating out from the building’s central core. Each unit comprises a fluid arrangement of levels, with vast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city below.

Urban Alloy Tower Over Transportation Hub In New York

Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM have envisioned “Urban Alloy” as a redefinition of the typical residential tower typology. “The combination of escalating land prices and the acceleration of city migration have made urban renewal based modes of densification unfit for the contemporary city. Urban Alloy is the symbiotic re-purposing of the air rights above transportation corridors in New York. Urban Alloy proposes a residential typology rooted in the remnant spaces surrounding the intersection of transportation infrastructure, such as elevated train lines and freeway interchanges. With the proposed design and specified materials, we aim to optimize a heterogeneous and highly linked set of living environments capturing the air rights above these systems.”

Observation Tower “Pin” in Phoenix

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released their most recent design project – a 420ft-high observation tower in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is renowned for its stunning natural terrain, its mountainous peaks drawing tourists in from around the world. And the Observation Tower or “Pin” allows visitors to gaze across the local surroundings with 360° views. Three glass elevators transport users to the summit from which they can descend while taking in the panoramic views either to the central level where glass elevators will take them back to the base or further down to the lowest level of the spherical volume where they will encounter the retail and restaurant facilities. Brian Stowell of developers Novawest said of the project: “This is the right place and the right time for a signature project for downtown Phoenix and we knew the design needed to be something extraordinary. BIG has delivered something exceptional, blending form and function in a way that will change the local skyline forever and will give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Bionic Tower by LAVA

The intention of the Bionic Tower is to explore the array of ways in which natural and architectural can merge, creating the ultimate inhabitable structure. It starts at the basic level. Using references to the biological organization of the ecosystem, the design works its way from the smallest unit to the intelligence of the overall system. By use of parametric modeling of a behavioral logic the system gets constantly optimized. Designed by LAVA, this biomorphic project is inspired by nature, and attempts to conceive a structure of great lightness, efficiency and elegance, using advanced design techniques.

Impressive Woven Tower for Dubai

The impressive design for Woven Tower is created for a location in Dubai by Giuseppe Farris and Stefan Schöning. The proposed structure aims to capture several aspects of Arab culture: its tribal society and the trans-regional entrepreneurship. The building’s appearance refers to the date palm which, along with fruits and fronds continue to be an important product in Dubai’s everyday life. The twining maze of the building’s exterior simultaneously represents the network of trade and commerce routes that have, through history, arrived and departed from Dubai. The exterior also commemorates the tribal legacy and reminds of the dynamic maze of tribal affiliations that has given Dubai’s society its basic cohesion. Functionally, the building’s interior continues this celebration of the tribal cornerstone of Dubai identity. At ground level, it is an open structure, hence symbolizing the hospitality of the Dubai people and inviting all to enter. Visitors may find at different levels outside and inside the structure different kinds of majlis. Take a look!

The Scotts Tower by UNStudio

UNStudio‘s design for The Scotts Tower in Singapore will be the first development to be unveiled today under the Far East Organisation’s new SOHO brand. Designed to conserve space whilst maximizing live/work/play areas, The Scotts Tower presents a new dimension of functional and flexible vertical space. “The concept of The Scotts Tower is that of a vertical city incorporating a variety of residence types and scales. In addition, outdoor green areas in the form of sky terraces, penthouse roof gardens and individual terraces form an important element of the design. The vertical city concept is interpreted on the tower in three scales; the “city”, the “neighbourhood” and the “home”.” Have fun!

Vincent Callebaut’s Futuristic Skyscraper

In this futuristic tower, you can easily find out the handwriting of the architect Vincent Callebaut. "Due to its proximity to China’s billowing tailpipes and its own fossil-fueled emissions, Taichung in Taiwan needs as much help as possible to suck up the city’s carbon. That combined with the country’s centennial celebration of independence inspired Vincent Callebaut to design the Biotic Arch – quite possibly the greenest skyscraper proposal we’ve ever seen – as part of the “Taichung Active Gateway City.” The tower has so many living facades and vertical gardens that it looks like one giant bush, and it receives all of its electricity from bio, solar, and wind energy sources."

Namaste Tower in Mumbai

W Hotels has just announced plans for the Namaste Tower, a new W Hotel in Mumbai that is due to open July 2015. To follow the long tradition of great Indian architecture, the striking 984-foot-tall building will house 62 floors combined into a hotel, office, and retail space. The design of the tower is actually meant to reflect the namaste yoga gesture where two wings of the hotel are clasped together like hands greeting the city of Mumbai. The summit of the building will have a quadruple height atrium space which will enclose the Sky Restaurant and Bar with a stunning view of the busy city.

Quake-proof Tower “All-Seasons Tent”

At a time when headlines are full of reports about earthquakes, the most urgent question of architecture, is resistance to subterranean shocks. OFIS Architecture has created a tower “All-Seasons Tent Tower” main feature of which is exactly resistance to earthquakes. The project consists of two cylindrical towers, provided with solar energy, witch restaurants, apartments, shops, business centers, spa-center, swimming pool, bar and garage inside. The external facades of the towers are covered with a cellular membrane, equipped with shading devices to tap the sun in the summer, at the same time, the system provides cooling in summer and heating in winter. The roof is covered with solar panels that will supply the energy year round. In the summer of honeycombed facade is covered with greenery, planted on the terraces of the towers. This project presented at the contest for hotel of Mercedes-Benz in Yerevan, Armenia. Design is capable of withstanding earthquakes through a system of concrete cores and composite columns, which ensure the stability of the structure.