The challenges of geography

There are many residential architecture studios in Melbourne whose portfolios are concentrated within specific geographical regions: the south-eastern suburbs, the inner-north, bayside, the Mornington Peninsula, Ballarat. I live in Carlton North and seem to see Robert Simeoni signs on front fences everywhere. Zen Architects does a lot of work in and around Northcote. Jolson Architects has nailed the Toorak market. I don't... Continue Reading →

A kilometre is better than nothing

What is it? The conflicting media reports about the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, have finally been resolved. An announcement on Tuesday by Prince Alwaleed, nephew of the country's King Abdullah, confirmed that a tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) is to be built, though not to a height of 1 mile as... Continue Reading →

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

What is it? The bell tower of the small Italian city, Pisa. The footings for the tower were originally only 3m deep and the soil upon which they were founded was very weak, dropping under one side of the tower and causing its globally famous lean. Construction of the tower took place across 177 years and... Continue Reading →

Mile high tower in Jeddah

(The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, currently the world's tallest building) What is it? Seen in an article on The Age online yesterday, here, the proposed 1.6km tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is set to surpass the Burj Khalifa by almost 800m. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the tower... Continue Reading →

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