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Featured Buildings Involving KPF

555 Mission Street

555 Mission Street, San Francisco

This 148 meter office tower in the South of Market area is part of a new generation of skyscrapers built in San Francisco's downtown since 2000.

900 North Michigan Avenue

900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

This 265 meter skyscraper features large, upscale shopping and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile.

Chifley Tower

Chifley Tower, Sydney

Originally completed in 1992, Chifley Tower underwent an overhaul of its key building systems and services to deliver vastly improved performance, energy efficiency, and reliability.

China Zun

China Zun, Beijing

Located in Beijing's Central Business District, the project team aim to use the latest in sustainable technology, materials and engineering concepts.

Concord Cityplace Parade

Concord Cityplace Parade , Toronto

Completed in 2013, this residential skyscraper consists of 2 towers connected by a two-story sky bridge connected at the 28th and 29th floors.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is a mixed-use tower located adjacent to a large central park and a subterranean retail concourse with transportation interchanges.

Heron Tower

Heron Tower, London

Heron Tower provides highly flexible work-spaces which support diverse tenant needs through a series of ten multi-story “villages”—with a full-height atrium at the heart of each.

International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination.

Jing An Kerry Centre

Jing An Kerry Centre, Shanghai

Jing An Kerry Centre draws upon the socioeconomic wellspring of public transit to activate an iconic mixed-use mega-project in Shanghai.

Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower, Seoul

Taking inspiration from traditional Korean art forms in the design of the various interior spaces, the sleek tapered form will stand out from the city's rocky mountainous topography.

Northeast Asia Trade Tower

Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon

The Northeast Asia Trade Tower was recognized as a finalist in the 2010 CTBUH Awards where the jury praised its tapering form as being well suited for its mixed-use program.

One Shenzhen Bay

One Shenzhen Bay, Shenzhen

Located on reclaimed land that did not exist in 2005, One Shenzhen Bay anchors the newly created business district of Houhai.

Ping An Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Center is located in the city’s Futian District and represents a new generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: very tall, very dense, and hyper-connected.

Plaza 66

Plaza 66, Shanghai

A commercial and office complex, consisting of a shopping mall and two skyscrapers, Plaza 66 is home to a mix of retail, entertainment, and extensive below-grade parking areas.

Pollux

Pollux, Frankfurt am Main

Rising to a height of 130m, Pollux is the taller of the two unequal twin towers located in the Gallus District.

Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

This 54-story mixed-use skyscraper is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills urban development, and has an observation decks on the 52nd and 54th floors.

Shanghai Wheelock Square

Shanghai Wheelock Square, Shanghai

Featuring simple symmetrical lines with the design, Shanghai Wheelock Square integrates environmentally-friendly aspects with state-of-the-art provisions.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

The Shanghai World Financial Center has become an icon of Shanghai and China, with its clear and elegant form and revolutionary structural design.

Tour Dexia

Tour Dexia, Courbevoie

Completed in 2005 and standing at 143m, Tour Dexia is one of the few towers in the La Défense business district with an inclined roof.

Zuidtoren

Zuidtoren, Hoofddorp

A high-quality business accommodation, Zuidtoren semicircular design rises to 75m and is surrounded by the Dutch landscape.

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About KPF

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is one of the world’s preeminent architecture firms, providing architecture, interior, programming and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors.

KPF’s philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that success is the result of collaboration and dialogue. The KPF creative process stresses an open exchange of ideas both within the firm and more importantly, between the client and the firm, throughout the development of a project.

Through this comparative process, they are able to ensure that the client’s needs and desires are addressed at each turning point in the life of a project. Ideas are not submitted solely for approval or rejection, but rather for discussion with the hopes of spurring additional questions and solutions that will each help craft a more complete structure.

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KPF Connected Global News

New Supertall Appears Before Toronto's Design Review Panel

New Supertall Appears Before Toronto's Design Review Panel

20 Oct 2017, Toronto – In a busy month for the Toronto development community, the 343.9-meter YSL Residences…

Third Tower in Brooklyn’s City Point Complex Grows 11 Stories

Third Tower in Brooklyn’s City Point Complex Grows 11 Stories

16 Oct 2017, New York City – The third tower in City Point, a complex currently under construction at 138…

China Zun Tower Structurally Tops Out in Beijing

China Zun Tower Structurally Tops Out in Beijing

25 Aug 2017, Beijing – The 528-meter China Zun Tower has structurally topped out, with a ceremony held in…

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New Supertall Appears Before Toronto's Design Review Panel
20 Oct 2017 – Toronto, Canada
In a busy month for the Toronto development community, the 343.9-meter YSL Residences has appeared before the city's design review panel. The tower is one of three new…
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Third Tower in Brooklyn’s City Point Complex Grows 11 Stories
16 Oct 2017 – New York City, United States
The third tower in City Point, a complex currently under construction at 138 Willoughby, will be called Brooklyn Point, and rise 11 stories taller than anticipated.…
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China Zun Tower Structurally Tops Out in Beijing
25 Aug 2017 – Beijing, China
The 528-meter China Zun Tower has structurally topped out, with a ceremony held in Beijing on August 22. Once finished, China Zun will be the city's tallest tower,…
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A Developer is Building a £600 Million “Versace-branded” Skyscraper in Central London
24 Aug 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A developer was awarded a £250 million (US$320 million) contract to build the first-ever "Versace-branded" skyscraper in London. The 50-story residential tower will…
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New York’s 55 Hudson Yards Tops Out
22 Aug 2017 – New York City, United States
Shortly after new renderings of 50 Hudson Yards were released, the building’s sibling at 55 Hudson Yards has now officially architecturally topped out, standing at 51…
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New Renderings Surface for Supertall 50 Hudson Yards Tower in New York
21 Aug 2017 – New York City, United States
New renderings have surfaced for the office behemoth 50 Hudson Yards, a.k.a. 451 Tenth Avenue, which will total 2.9 million square feet (267,000 square meters) of office…
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High-Rise Planned for NYC’s Fifth Avenue Could Replace Century-Old Building
11 Jul 2017 – New York City, United States
A 40-story tower with two dozen apartments is planned to rise at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 32nd Street, replacing a 114-year-old building currently at the site…
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First Steel Column Installed at NYC’s One Vanderbilt
27 Jun 2017 – New York City, United States
With the installation of its first steel column, One Vanderbilt – soon to be New York City’s second-tallest skyscraper – officially began its ascent on June 23. According…
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Architects Submit Revised Proposal for City of London Tower
15 Jun 2017 – London, United Kingdom
KPF has submitted revised proposals for a new 19-story tower in Bevis Marks in London’s Aldgate. The scheme replaces an earlier 16-story concept for the site at 21-24…
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Renderings Revealed for New Residential Building at Hudson Yards in New York
8 Jun 2017 – New York City, United States
With construction of the Hudson Yards megadevelopment moving ahead at full steam, new renderings have been released of One Hudson Yards, the second residential building…
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New York City’s 606 West 57th Street Tops Out
24 Apr 2017 – New York City, United States
By late January, progress on the 111,500-square-meter development at 606 West 57th Street reached a couple of dozen stories above ground. Just three months later,…
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CTBUH Certifies Completion of Lotte World Tower as Fifth Tallest Building Worldwide
4 Apr 2017 – Seoul, South Korea
Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea is now the fifth tallest building in the world, having completed according to criteria established by the Council on Tall…
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Interior Designers Named for Waterline Square Tower Trio in New York City
30 Mar 2017 – New York City, United States
The development team behind Waterline Square has announced the trio of designers who will shape the interiors of the three-tower complex. Construction of the development…
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Ping An Finance Center Completes as Fourth Tallest Building in The World
27 Mar 2017 – Shenzhen, China
Ping An Finance Center is officially complete, according to the criteria established by the CTBUH. At 599 meters, it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, the second…
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Plans for Canada’s Future Tallest Tower Revealed in Toronto
27 Feb 2017 – Toronto, Canada
Rising to an incredible 98 stories, Toronto's – and Canada's – next tallest building could be coming to the southeast corner of Yonge and Gerrard Streets. The supertall…
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New Photos Reveal Progress on NYC’s Nearly Complete Madison Square Park Tower
22 Feb 2017 – New York City, United States
New photos reveal progress on the glassy exterior and thinly sculpted form of the nearly completed Madison Square Park Tower – a slender 237-meter, 63-story apartment…
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Beijing’s Tallest Building Highlighted in Construction Images
17 Feb 2017 – Beijing, China
Beijing's future tallest building continues to flaunt its height, as recent photos highlight the supertall's striking curvature and textured cladding system. When…
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Foundation Pours Advance Construction of Supertall Towers in New York and Chicago
7 Feb 2017 – New York City, United States
On Saturday February 4, construction workers in New York and Chicago completed concrete foundation pours for One Vanderbilt and Vista Tower, respectively. The two…
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Condos at New York’s 15 Hudson Yards Are a Quarter Sold
23 Jan 2017 – New York City, United States
Hudson Yards' first condominium offering is now a quarter sold since commencing sales in September 2016. Though not slated to open until October 2018, 15 Hudson Yards in…
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Select Apartment Sales Set to Launch at Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Resorts
23 Jan 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A developer is launching sales of apartments at its Royal Atlantis Resorts and Residences on the Palm as it banks on an upturn in Dubai’s real estate investor sentiment.…
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Developer Reveals Fresh Renderings for 92-Story One Bayfront Plaza in Miami
9 Jan 2017 – Miami, United States
New, high-resolution renderings have been revealed for the proposed 92-story One Bayfront Plaza on South Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. The plans call for a tower with…
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Construction Progressing on China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen
22 Dec 2016 – Shenzhen, China
Having surpassed the 384-meter height of the completed Shun Hing Square, the structurally topped out China Resources Headquarters is now the third tallest of all…
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CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World
21 Dec 2016 – Guangzhou, China
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in…
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Design Architect Selected for New York City’s Supertall 50 Hudson Yards
9 Dec 2016 – New York City, United States
Construction on the Hudson Yards supertall set to rise at the corner of 34th Street and Tenth Avenue will begin in 2017; with that announcement, developers have revealed…
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New York’s One Vanderbilt to Feature a Skydeck
5 Dec 2016 – New York City, United States
New York visitors are going to have another choice for a high-altitude view of the city, with SL Green Realty announcing that their One Vanderbilt project will have an…
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32-Story Modular High-Rise Completes in New York
22 Nov 2016 – New York City, United States
Tenants have begun moving into 461 Dean, a residential building by SHoP Architects described as the world's tallest volumetric modular tower and billed a solution to meet…
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Details Emerge on Waterline Square Development in New York City
18 Nov 2016 – New York City, United States
Located between 61st Street and 59th Street, and next to the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan, the Waterline Square development will add three new glassy towers and a 1.…
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Plans Revealed for Twin 48-Story Office Towers in Chicago
4 Nov 2016 – Chicago, United States
A pair of identical glassy 48-story towers, each containing 111,500 square meters of office space, could soon be on their way to the 300 block of South Wacker Drive in…
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New York City Supertall Breaks Ground
18 Oct 2016 – New York City, United States
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday October 18 for what will be the city's third tallest building. The tower will stand just across the street from Grand Central…
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Project Team Assembles for One Crown Place Project in London
3 Oct 2016 – London, United Kingdom
A project team is being assembled for a high-rise scheme to be located in the Shoreditch area of east London. The One Crown Place project, which won planning permission…
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New York’s One Vanderbilt Moves Ahead as Financing is Secured
29 Sep 2016 – New York City, United States
SL Green Realty Corp, New York City's largest commercial property owner, has announced that it has closed on $1.5 billion of construction financing for One Vanderbilt…
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Construction Progressing on London's Scalpel
14 Sep 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Currently under construction, the 39-story tower at 52-54 Lime Street – known as The Scalpel – will climb 192 meters above the City of London, culminating with a peaked…
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New York’s 15 Hudson Yards Set to Launch Condo Sales
13 Sep 2016 – New York City, United States
Another big milestone for Hudson Yards is about to take place: developer Related has announced that the development’s first all-residential tower will soon be up for…
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Concert Planned at Seoul’s Lotte World Tower for Construction Workers
25 Aug 2016 – Seoul, South Korea
As construction winds town on Lotte World Tower in Seoul, a music concert has been planned to thank construction workers for their hard work on the tower and celebrate…
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Developer Awards Contract to build Aykon London One Tower
23 Aug 2016 – London, United Kingdom
The Dubai-based developer Damac has appointed Australian property construction and development company Lendlease to build its Aykon London One tower, a 50-story…
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New York’s One Vanderbilt Back on Track after Grand Central Owner Withdraws Lawsuit
12 Aug 2016 – New York City, United States
A settlement between two Midtown real-estate titans has cleared a major roadblock in the construction of a new 64-story skyscraper next to Grand Central Terminal,…
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Tokyo Garden Terrace Opens
10 Aug 2016 – Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Garden Terrace recently opened in Kioicho – a neighborhood in the southern district of the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, Japan. The two-tower development consists of the…
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Seoul’s Lotte World Tower to Complete as Scheduled
3 Aug 2016 – Seoul, South Korea
The developer behind South Korea’s future tallest building has refuted mounting claims that its Lotte World Tower, currently under construction in Seoul, will not be able…
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Retrofit Approved for New York’s Time Warner Building
17 Jun 2016 – New York City, United States
The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved a rooftop terrace addition to the Time Warner Building. KPF and preservation consultants Higgins Quasebarth &…
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Renderings Released of Supertall Tower on Manhattan’s Upper East Side
13 Jun 2016 – New York City, United States
Archilier Architects has published renderings of a pencil-thin skyscraper the size of the Empire State Building at the former Subway Inn site on the Upper East Side. The…
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First Hudson Yards Tower Opens on Manhattan’s Far West Side
3 Jun 2016 – New York City, United States
The first completed tower in the massive Hudson Yards development in New York has opened its doors. KPF designed the 52-story 10 Hudson Yards to straddle the top end of…
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32-Story Volumetric Modular Building Topped Out in Brooklyn
16 May 2016 – New York City, United States
461 Dean Street has topped out in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by SHoP architects, the 32-story structure is set to become the first residential building to open at…
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Madison Avenue Building Undergoing Major Retrofit in New York City
9 May 2016 – New York City, United States
The 25-story 380 Madison Avenue – a hulking Manhattan office building with opaque glass – is currently wrapped in scaffolding and construction material as it undergoes a…
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Construction Progresses on Beijing’s Future Tallest Skyscraper
5 May 2016 – Beijing, China
Recent photos show that the China Zun Tower in Beijing has made significant progress since construction began in 2012. If construction remains on schedule, the tower is…
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Study Claims Hudson Yards Will Generate Billions in Revenue for New York City
4 May 2016 – New York City, United States
The Hudson Yards megaproject will contribute close to $19 billion to New York City's economy when it's complete, according to a study commissioned by developers Related…
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Manhattan’s 111 Murray Street Units On the Market
22 Apr 2016 – New York City, United States
Renderings of a 58-story, 241-meter condominium tower – called 111 Murray Street – have been revealed to entice buyers into purchasing one of the 157 luxury units. Unit…
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Dubai developer Eyes London Regneration Sites for Second Major Scheme
31 Mar 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Damac Properties is in talks to develop a major regeneration site in London – its second UK site after the Aykon residential scheme in Vauxhall. It is believed to be…
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Construction Underway at 15 Hudson Yards on New York’s West Side
24 Mar 2016 – New York City, United States
With a recently poured foundation mat, Hudson Yards’ first residential building, 15 Hudson Yards, is set to begin its climb into the burgeoning far west side skyline. The…
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Pacific Gate Opens for Preview in Downtown San Diego
22 Feb 2016 – San Diego, United States
New details and renderings have been revealed for the luxury residential Pacific Gate, which just opened for preview. It will be 41 stories tall and will contain 215 two…
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Visionary Tokyo Mile-High Skyscraper Proposed to Combat Climate Change
1 Feb 2016 – Tokyo, Japan
“Next Tokyo” proposes a development strategy that improves the bay’s preparedness for natural disasters, while also creating a mile-high residential tower and a new…
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Wells Fargo Signs Deal to Move New York Office to Hudson Yards
14 Dec 2015 – New York City, United States
Wells Fargo confirmed on December 11 that it has signed on to be a major tenant at 30 Hudson Yards by 2020, thanks to a $5 billion financing package that will bring Wall…
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Designs Revealed for Pacific Park Residential and School Building in New York
10 Dec 2015 – New York City, United States
Designs have been unveiled for the 616-seat public school that is currently under construction at the 26-story 664 Pacific Street, part of the nine-hectare Pacific Park…
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FAA Approves Two Miami Supertall Towers
16 Oct 2015 – Miami, United States
A local developer has obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the height of three planned towers in downtown Miami that will all exceed 300…
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One in Two South Koreans Visited Seoul's Lotte World Tower in the Last Year
15 Oct 2015 – Seoul, South Korea
Nearly one in every two South Koreans have visited the controversial Lotte World Tower being built by conglomerate Lotte Group since its phased opening a year ago,…
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New Renderings Show Fresh Views of New York’s One Vanderbilt
14 Oct 2015 – New York City, United States
Preparations for One Vanderbilt are making significant headway, and demolition for the site’s former buildings is already ongoing. Now, some new renderings give an…
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Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Project Named Top Influencer for Luxury Development
14 Oct 2015 – Dubai, United Kingdom
The $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai has been named in the top 10 global influencers for new luxury developments, Knight Frank said in its “…
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First Building in New York’s Hudson Yards Structurally Tops Out
7 Oct 2015 – New York City, United States
In the first of many height-related milestones at Hudson Yards, 10 Hudson Yards has officially structurally topped out. However, more work needs to be accomplished before…
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Green Light for KPF’s 45-Story Tower in London
2 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Councilors have approved a 45-story office and hotel building by KPF next to the Broadgate development in London. The 156-meter-tall tower will house around 10,855 square…
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US Construction Hit by Curtain Walling Crisis
10 Sep 2015 – New York City, United States
A shortage of US curtain walling makers caused by the 2008 global financial crisis is so severe that it is halting projects and has even forced the developer of Hudson…
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Oriental DreamWorks Moves Forward on a New Complex in Shanghai
11 Jun 2015 – Shanghai, China
In Shanghai, construction on a new headquarters for Oriental DreamWorks is moving full speed ahead. The complex, dubbed Shanghai DreamCenter, will include two high-rise…
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KPF Submits Plan for 45-Story Tower next to Broadgate in London
1 Jun 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has drawn up plans for a 45-story office and hotel building next to the Broadgate development in London. The 156-meter tower will…
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New York City Council Green Lights One Vanderbilt Place
28 May 2015 – New York City, United States
The New York City Council voted on May 27 to approve plans for One Vanderbilt Place, a 462-meter 64-story office tower just west of Grand Central Terminal, in exchange…
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Lotte World Tower to Use GNSS Technology for High-Accuracy Construction
27 May 2015 – Seoul, South Korea
Lotte World Tower, which is currently under construction in Seoul, South Korea, will become the nation’s first building to use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)…
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San Diego Condo Developer Offering Contest to Name Its Next Downtown Tower
26 May 2015 – San Diego, United States
A San Diego property developer is looking to the public to name its under-construction condo tower along the downtown waterfront. The 41-story project is expected to…
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Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen
4 May 2015 – Shenzhen, China
On April 30, developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary…
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Construction Contract Awarded for London's One Nine Elms
10 Apr 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Developer Dalian Wanda Group has awarded the main contract at the $1.3 Billion One Nine Elms site to CI-ONE. The two-tower One Nine Elms site will feature a 58-story, 200…
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Construction Surpasses 100th Story in Seoul’s Lotte World Tower
31 Mar 2015 – Seoul, South Korea
Construction has reached the 100th floor on Lotte World Tower, surpassing the height of 414 meters four years after it began construction in 2011. A ceremony was held by…
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One Vanderbilt Clears Another Hurdle in New York City
31 Mar 2015 – New York City, United States
The City Planning Commission unanimously approved the One Vanderbilt Place application for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' proposed 64-story office tower and the rezoning…
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CBRE to Manage Tallest Tower in Paris
18 Feb 2015 – Paris, France
CBRE, the global real estate adviser, has been appointed to manage the tallest skyscraper in France, the 231-meter Tour First. CBRE will be responsible for ensuring that…
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KPF Wins Consent for Canary Wharf Tower in London
9 Feb 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The London borough of Tower Hamlets’ planning committee has granted consent for a 70,000-square-meter office tower, which will be located at One Bank Street on the wharf…
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Work Begins on New York City’s 55 Hudson Yards
21 Jan 2015 – New York City, United States
Three developers have announced that they have partnered on the full capitalization of 55 Hudson Yards and have broken ground on the trophy office tower, which will be…
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Japanese Firm Snaps Up Controlling Stake in New York’s 55 Hudson Yards
6 Jan 2015 – New York City, United States
A Japanese company has paid $258.78 million for a 92.09% stake in a proposed office building inside the Hudson Yards project on the West Side. Experts believe that the…
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Hyundai Motor Group Plans 100-Story Tower in Seoul
5 Jan 2015 – Seoul, South Korea
A skyscraper standing over 100 stories has been proposed at the former site of Korea Electric Power Corporation's head office in Seoul's Gangnam district. If approved,…
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Condo Tower Coming to Downtown San Diego
5 Jan 2015 – San Diego, United States
A 137-meter condominium tower has been proposed just south of the Santa Fe Depot. Upon completion, the tower would offer some of the most expensive condos in the city,…
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Skanska Signs Contract to Construct London’s Scalpel
10 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Skanska has signed a £198 million (US $310 million) contract to build a new landmark office tower at 52 Lime Street in London. The project, dubbed "the Scalpel", is to…
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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Presents The Hub in New Brunswick
9 Dec 2014 – New Brunswick, United States
Kohn Pedersen Fox has released renderings of The Hub. Plans call for two 91-meter-tall towers that rise from a podium that includes retail space, and can be adapted to…
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KPF’s “Jenga” Tower Approved After Minister’s Eleventh-Hour Decision
14 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Lambeth council has approved Kohn Pedersen Fox's proposal for a 50-story block of 450 flats in Vauxhall after an eleventh-hour decision by the Communities Secretary not…
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Plans Revealed for 5M Project in San Francisco
10 Nov 2014 – San Francisco, United States
On November 5, architectural designs for 5M, one of the largest proposed developments in the city, were revealed. The 5M project, will create 1.5 million square feet (1.4…
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New Design Boosts Height of New York's One Vanderbilt
30 Oct 2014 – New York City, United States
One Vanderbilt has received a height boost, and early documents indicating an approximate pinnacle of 1,450 feet (441 meters) has given way to a slightly taller tower…
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Construction of Toronto’s EY Tower Approaching Grade
22 Oct 2014 – Toronto, Canada
A block west of the construction site for the Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower, EY Tower will soon be rising from the ground. The foundation raft slab was poured during mid…
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Condos in New York City’s Cantilevering Flatiron Tower to Start at $2.5 Million
16 Oct 2014 – New York City, United States
The tower at 45 East 22nd Street will top off at 237 meters, besting the nearby One Madison by 46 meters. But unlike other towers going up around town, the floor plates…
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Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to Open Early 2016
8 Oct 2014 – Guangzhou, China
The 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is slated to complete in early 2016, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guangzhou. The tower will offer an…
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New York’s Rainbow Room Reopens
6 Oct 2014 – New York City, United States
Eighty years practically to the day since its debut on October 3, 1934 as what was then the world’s highest restaurant, New York’s fabled Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller…
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Cladding Begins on 10 Hudson Yards in New York City
29 Sep 2014 – New York City, United States
Besides more concrete and steel, the first of 10 Hudson Yard's cladding has begun to appear along the side of the building. The glass appears to be of a very high quality…
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Permits Filed for 101 Murray Street in New York City
25 Sep 2014 – New York City, United States
Permit filings have been submitted for 101 Murray Street. The tower will have a flute-like appearance and will rise to a height of 950 feet (290 meters). Kohn Pedersen…
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Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to Get New $1.4 Billion Royal Atlantis
15 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Plans have been unveiled for a $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences with a design that is set to dominate the Palm Jumeirah skyline. The property is…
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New York City's One Vanderbilt to Include 65-Story Tower and Transit Improvements
10 Sep 2014 – New York City, United States
Developer SL Green unveiled its vision on September 8 for $210 million in transit improvements it is required to make as part of a deal to build a 65-story tower at the…
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Hudson Yards Exhibition Opens to Public in New York City
5 Sep 2014 – New York City, United States
For the next three months, Related Companies is holding an exhibition showcasing the Hudson Yards plan and the newly announced flagship Neiman Marcus store that will…
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Continuation of London’s Canary Wharf District Approved
22 Jul 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Tower Hamlets Council has granted planning approval for a 6.5 million-square-foot (604,000-square-meter) mixed-use development at Wood Wharf, London by Canary Wharf Group…
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For Rent: South Korea’s Tallest Skyscraper
11 Jul 2014 – Songdo, South Korea
Since completing construction in 2011 and transferring ownership to Daewoo International Corp. in 2013, South Korea’s tallest skyscraper has finally opened on a tract of…
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Boston Developer Proposes $1 Billion Two-Tower Project for Harbor Garage Site
26 Jun 2014 – Boston, United States
Boston developer Don Chiofaro is proposing a $1 billion project, which calls for a 600-foot (183-meter) residential tower and a 550-foot (168-meter) office tower, for a…
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Las Vegas’ Harmon Hotel Begins Demolition
23 Jun 2014 – Las Vegas, United States
MGM Resorts International has begun the year-long process of demolishing the Harmon Hotel, the only portion of the $8.5 billion, 67-acre CityCenter development that was…
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China Life Buys London’s 10 Upper Bank Street
23 Jun 2014 – London, United Kingdom
China Life has purchased Canary Wharf skyscraper 10 Upper Bank Street for £795 million ($1.35 billion) from the Canary Wharf Group (CWG). CWG confirmed in a statement to…
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One Vanderbilt May Rise to New York’s Number-Two Height Rank
18 Jun 2014 – New York, United States
New illustrations released the week of June 16 indicate that One Vanderbilt, a proposed skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal, could rise as high as 1,350 feet (412…
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Renderings Revealed of New York’s 101 Tribeca
16 Jun 2014 – New York, United States
Renderings have been revealed for a new residential tower on 101 Murray Street, to be dubbed “101 Tribeca." The tower is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and will will…
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Renderings Revealed for New York’s 55 Hudson Yards
4 Jun 2014 – New York City, United States
Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group on June 4 unveiled 55 Hudson Yards, the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in the 28-acre Hudson…
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TD Bank in Talks to Anchor New York’s One Vanderbilt
27 May 2014 – New York City, United States
TD Bank, the US affiliate of Canada’s Toronto Dominion Bank, is in talks to become the anchor tenant of One Vanderbilt, a 65-story tower planned for the block west of…
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That’s “Salesforce Tower” to You Too, London
23 May 2014 – London, United Kingdom
For the second time in less than two months, Salesforce.com has claimed naming rights to a tall building, this time across the pond from its initial lease. London's 46-…
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Foster + Partners Submit Plans for South Quay Plaza Tower
24 Apr 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Foster + Partners has submitted plans for the 73-story skyscraper at Canary Wharf. Set to become the tallest residential building in the United Kingdom, the skyscraper…
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Renderings Revealed for KPF’s Slender Skyscraper
24 Apr 2014 – New York City, United States
Additional information and renderings have been revealed for the KPF-designed condominium skyscraper at 41 East 22nd Street. At 237 meters, it will become the tallest…
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Hitachi to Deliver World’s Fastest Elevators by 2016
21 Apr 2014 – Guangzhou, China
Hitachi will deliver the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators to the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou…
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1 Vanderbilt Pushes Ahead
15 Apr 2014 – New York City, United States
After plans were delayed by the demise of the Bloomberg re-zoning plan, the developer for 1 Vanderbilt is now negotiating with the de Blasio administration for a path…
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Gotham Tower Fever Spreads – to Newark
14 Apr 2014 – Newark, United States
RBH Group has unveiled SoMA Newark, a large multi-skyscraper master plan by Richard Meier that will incorporate the low-rise Teachers’ Village project and aims to…
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Work Begins on Samsung HQ in Beijing
3 Apr 2014 – Beijing, China
Construction work has begun on the 250-meter Samsung Chinese headquarters in Beijing. Designed by Chicago-based SMDP, the office tower will also contain a museum, day…
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Hudson Yards East Platform Construction Commences
20 Mar 2014 – New York, United States
Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group have announced the commencement of construction of the east platform of Hudson Yards, which is the largest private real-…
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Hong Kong Top-Floor Towers Fetch Double the Manhattan Rents
6 Mar 2014 – Hong Kong, China
Premium office space is found at the topmost floors of skyscrapers across the globe, with Hong Kong in the lead, where the highest floor space goes for more than twice…
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Chengdu Opens "City within a City"
10 Feb 2014 – Chengdu, China
The International Finance Square, which opened this month in Chengdu, features a 210,000 square-meter dynamic pedestrian podium to anchor the high-rise development of…
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Renderings Released for Hudson Boulevard Tower
29 Jan 2014 – New York, United States
Newly developed Hudson Blvd. now has another tower to illustrate the transformation of Hudson Yards. Developer Moinian Group released new renderings for the Dan Kaplan (…
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Time Warner Plans New Development in Hudson Yards
17 Jan 2014 – New York, United States
Just ten years after the completion of Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, Time Warner Inc. plans to move its headquarters to burgeoning Hudson Yards. The…
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Hudson Yards Site Could Host Supertall
13 Jan 2014 – New York, United States
Two parcels of land in Hudson Yards, if developed together, could host a supertall tower that would surpass One World Trade Center at an astounding 549 meters. Major…
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Greenland Investing in Two London Towers
9 Jan 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Chinese real-estate giant Greenland Group is planning to build two high-rises in East London, one of which will be the tallest building in Canary Wharf; the other will…
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Shanghai Tower Plans to Hire Leasing Agent
8 Jan 2014 – Shanghai, China
The state-owned developer of Shanghai Tower, China’s next tallest building, is hiring a leasing agent to sell space in the building, a highly unusual move in China,…
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Sequis Centre Tower Breaks Ground
20 Dec 2013 – Jakarta, Indonesia
KPF announced the Sequis Centre Tower’s groundbreaking in Jakarta. The 210-meter tower is being touted as Indonesia’s first LEED Platinum building, and is situated in the…
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Heading for Heaven on the Ashes of Philadelphia Soul
18 Dec 2013 – Philadelphia, United States
Developer Carl Dranoff has unveiled plans for a 47-story mixed-use luxury boutique hotel and condominium tower on the site of the fire-damaged Philadelphia International…
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First B2 Module Stacked
13 Dec 2013 – New York, United States
The first of 930 modular units was lifted into place at B2, which at 347 feet (105.8 m) is set to become the world’s tallest modular building. Considerable fanfare…
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Pinnacle Lives to Fight Another Day
12 Dec 2013 – London, United Kingdom
The “unbuildable” Pinnacle may soon return to life, according to The Independent. The development of the 63-story skyscraper had been halted in 2011 due to concerns about…
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Canary Wharf to Get Cylindrical Herzog & de Meuron Tower
10 Dec 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a 56-story cylindrical skyscraper as part of a nine-hectare masterplan for London’s Canary Wharf, according to Dezeen.…
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New Bondway Tower Design Unveiled
26 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has revealed its design for the New Bondway tower at London's Vauxhall interchange. The 551-foot (168-meter) tower replaces an…
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Developer Proposes UK's Tallest Housing Tower
20 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
An Irish developer plans to build the tallest residential tower in the UK on a site in the city's Canary Wharf area. Ryan Corp. UK has paid ₤100 million (US$160 million)…
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World’s “Most Expensive Art Project” to Occupy Hudson Yards' Heart
1 Nov 2013 – New York City, United States
British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been tapped to help create a multimillion-dollar public space and artistic centerpiece for the Hudson Yards development on the…
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Obituary: Paul Reichmann, Canary Wharf Developer
28 Oct 2013 – Toronto, Canada
Paul Reichmann, the Canadian tycoon and creator of Canary Wharf, who has died aged 83, transformed the skyline and economy of London's Docklands. Reichmann and his…
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Tour the B2 Factory with Gizmodo
25 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
Gizmodo has published an article that takes the reader on a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards factory, which fabricates the elements that will be used to construct the B2…
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Galliard Launches Baltimore Tower
21 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Galliard Homes has officially launched sales for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's curvaceous Baltimore Tower in Canary Wharf. Occupying a section of the city's Crossharbour…
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Greenland Takes Major Stake in Atlantic Yards
14 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
Chinese state-owned property developer Greenland Holdings Group signed a preliminary deal to take a majority stake in Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn's 22-acre (9-hectare)…
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Charlotte's 121 West Trade Tower Sold
7 Oct 2013 – Charlotte, United States
The Dilweg Cos. has acquired the 121 West Trade building, formerly known as the Interstate Tower, in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, for $59.6 million. An affiliate of…
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Refinancing Deal Saves Heron Tower From Sale
4 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Heron Tower has reportedly sealed a ₤370 million (US$594 million) refinancing deal to prevent a sale of the building. The deal includes a ₤270 million (US$434 million)…
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Hudson Yards Moving Along at a Clip
27 Aug 2013 – New York City, United States
The future of Hudson Yards looks robust as the 26-acre project moves along at a rapid pace, Bloomberg reports. Despite past project turbulence, construction is underway…
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Developer to Sell a Percentage of Atlantic Yards to Fund Construction
26 Aug 2013 – New York City, United States
Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, has announced he plans to sell 50 to 80 percent of the $5 billion complex to…
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Fairway Market to Join the Hudson Yards Community
12 Aug 2013 – New York City, United States
Fairway Market, the grocery store chain, will be the anchor food tenant in the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's West Side. The company announced that a 45,000…
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KPF Looks to Stretch Landmark Tower by 30 Percent
12 Jul 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Planning permission has been recommended for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates' (KPF) plan to add 11 stories to a 41-year-old landmark building in London. The proposal would…
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Time Warner Plots Move to Hudson Yards
2 Jul 2013 – New York City, United States
Time Warner reportedly is preparing to pick up stakes and move to Hudson Yards. The New York Times reports the company has reached a tentative deal with the Related…
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Prudential Launches Newark Office Tower
2 Jul 2013 – Newark, United States
Skanska has secured a $117 million contract to build the first two phases of a three-phase Prudential Financial Inc. office complex in the city of Newark, New Jersey. The…
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Lumber Company to Build KPF Tower
20 Jun 2013 – New York City, United States
An undulating 12-story office tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates will be built on the site of West 15th Street and Ninth Avenue in New York sometime next year…
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Oxford Launches New Toronto Project
18 Jun 2013 – Toronto, Canada
Oxford Properties Group has unveiled plans to develop the new 40-story Ernst & Young Tower in the heart of downtown Toronto. The KPF-designed tower will be part of Oxford…
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Marina Bay Celebrates Official Opening
20 May 2013 – Singapore, Singapore
The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) celebrated its official opening May 15 in Singapore's central business district. The four-tower mixed-use development, designed by…
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Barangaroo's Crown Hotel Competition Heats Up
9 May 2013 – Sydney, Australia
Three internationally recognized firms are competing to design a multi-billion dollar resort hotel tower at Barangaroo South on Sydney's harbor foreshore. The shortlist…
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KPF to Design Turkish Bank Towers
23 Apr 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey
Ziraat Bank, Turkey's oldest and largest state-run lender, has commissioned New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to design its headquarters, World Architecture News…
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L'Oreal, SAP Come to Hudson Yards
11 Apr 2013 – New York City, United States
Beauty company L'Oreal USA and German software company SAP will become the latest companies to secure space in the South Tower of Hudson Yards. L'Oreal has leased an…
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Toranomon Hills to Rekindle Business in Tokyo District
4 Mar 2013 – Tokyo, Japan
Japanese developer Mori Building Company is planning to attract global companies to its Toranomon Hills tower development, Bloomberg reports. The under construction tall…
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Comcast Buys 30 Rock, the GE Building
14 Feb 2013 – New York City, United States
As part of Comcast's $16.7 billion purchase of General Electric's stake in NBCUniversal, the company will buy 30 Rockefeller Plaza for $1.4 billion. GE, which has…
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‘Scalpel’ Skyscraper Approved
16 Jan 2013 – London, United Kingdom
City of London planners have granted official approval for the GBP500 million (US$800 million) Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed skyscraper already known as “the Scalpel.” US…
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‘The Scalpel’ Planned for London Skyline
9 Jan 2013 – London, United Kingdom
The latest addition to London’s proposed skyline is a glass tower which has already been dubbed “The Scalpel.” The tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will serve as the…
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Celebrating Jakarta’s Five Tallest
21 Dec 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia
In anticipation of the proposed Signature Tower, the Jakarta Post has produced a piece examining the city’s five tallest completed buildings: Graha Energi, The Peak Twin…
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Developer Reveals Drawings of KPF Grand Central Tower
4 Dec 2012 – New York City, United States
SL Green Realty has released sketches of its latest office tower, 1 Vanderbilt, which was announced last week. International firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is…
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Hudson Yards Construction Begins Today
4 Dec 2012 – New York City, United States
Construction workers broke ground today on the Hudson Yards project, New York's largest privately-funded development project since Rockefeller Center. A groundbreaking…
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New York Project Will Use Pre-Fab System
28 Nov 2012 – New York City, United States
After months of speculation, New York developer Forest City Ratner has confirmed plans to use a pre-fabricated construction system for a 32-story residential tower in the…
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MetLife JV Buys Iconic Seattle Office Tower
27 Nov 2012 – Seattle, United States
MetLife Real Estate Investments and Clarion Partners jointly bought the 55-story 1201 Third Avenue office tower in Seattle's CBD. Public records list the price as $548.8…
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Hudson Yards Announces December Ground Breaking
15 Nov 2012 – New York City, United States
Excavations for the first Hudson Yards office tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), will begin by the first week of December, according to Architectural…
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Hudson Yards Bags Coach
25 Oct 2012 – New York City, United States
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is designing the tower at Hudson Yards which will house leather-goods brand Coach, Inc. The tower has been on the drawing table for a year and is…
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New York Plans Its Densest Development Yet
10 Oct 2012 – New York City, United States
New York-based Related Companies has hatched a redevelopment plan for Hudson Yards, the city's largest piece of undeveloped land. The 26-acre site will receive an $800…

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KPF at CTBUH

CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting

3 Aug 2017, Event Report – On August 3, the CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first…

CTBUH Certifies Lotte Tower as Fifth Tallest Building Worldwide

4 Apr 2017, CTBUH-Related News – CTBUH has recognized the completion of Lotte World Tower, now the…

Ping An Finance Center Now Fourth Tallest Building in the World

27 Mar 2017, CTBUH-Related News – CTBUH has certified the completion of Ping An Finance Center. At 599…

KPF at CTBUH

CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
3 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
On August 3, the CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first board meeting at the Shanghai office of Gensler.
CTBUH Certifies Lotte Tower as Fifth Tallest Building Worldwide
4 Apr 2017, Seoul – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has recognized the completion of Lotte World Tower, now the fifth tallest building worldwide at 555 meters.
Ping An Finance Center Now Fourth Tallest Building in the World
27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Ping An Finance Center. At 599 meters it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, second tallest in China, and fourth tallest worldwide.
CTBUH NYC YPC Hosts "Cornell Tech The House & Passive House"
16 Feb 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Chapter, in association with the New York YPC and Handel Architects, hosted a building presentation titled “Cornell Tech: The House & Passive House.”
CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide.
Student Tall Building Competition Results Announced
18 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – CTBUH News Report
The winner and final rankings for the CTBUH International Student Design Competition, sponsored by KPF, were determined at the 2016 CTBUH Conference.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to discuss the Council’s plans for 2017.
CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold Sponsor
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference Sponsor
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Five Finalists Selected in the Student Tall Building Competition
24 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce that five finalists have been selected as part of the 5th annual International Student Design Competition.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out of Thin Air
3 May 2016, Philadelphia – Event Report
The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee hosted speakers at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to discover how the development at 30th Street Station can be made a reality.
Aspect: Ratios
3 May 2016, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH NYC Young Professionals Committee welcomed over 150 design professionals for ASPECT:RATIOS, a seminar focusing on female perspectives in architecture.
CTBUH NYC YPC: Spring Social at BIG
7 Apr 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Young Professional Committee held their annual Spring Social event at Bjarke Ingels Group's New York Office on April 7, 2016.
YPC: 2015 Achievements and Event Success
16 Mar 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC held their first meeting of 2016 on March 16 at the offices of SOM to discuss the success of the past events and plans for future initiatives.
Educational Outreach Program
12 Feb 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC kicked off their educational outreach initiative with a mentorship program at Pratt Institute, to teach students how to unlock synergistic potential in their designs.
Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes
15 Dec 2015, New York City – Event
CTBUH YPC organized a presentation and panel discussion for Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes to discuss some of the major enhancements to the 2014 NYC Codes
Computational Design Technology
19 Nov 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted a presentation and panel discussion focused on the current computational technology tools used today in architecture and how collaboration is enhanced in the profession
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Brooklyn Urban and Construction Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured City Point Complex, Barclays Center, and 461 Dean Street which have impacted the cityscape of Brooklyn.
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference Gold Sponsor
26-30 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Sponsor
After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent.
Skin NY
27 Aug 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York, in association with the New York Young Professionals Committee hosted an event entitled Skin:NY that focused on high-rise façade design and construction
Young Professionals Committee Holds Social Event at RAMSA
23 Jun 2015, New York City – Event Report
The YPC held an event at the RAMSA office in New York City, where attendees had an opportunity to network, and learn more the exciting projects RAMSA is developing.
Inaugural Japan Symposium Rises to the Occasion in Tokyo
22 May 2015, Tokyo – Event Report
CTBUH held its inaugural Japan Symposium at the Academy Hills lecture hall of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, bringing together leading experts
YPC New York Presents Pioneering Megatall: Ping An Finance Center
15 Apr 2015, New York City – Event Report
The inaugural CTBUH New York City Chapter event, held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, showcased the rising Ping An Finance Center.
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
“Network-3D” High-Rise Design Studio Culminates in Shanghai
18 Jan 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
Final reviews concluded of a semester of intense work for the “Network-3D" studio undertaken by Tongji University students with support from CTBUH and KPF.
CTBUH Finland Launches with Urban Habitat Seminar
14 Jan 2015, Helsinki – Event Report
Seeking to enhance the level of discussion on tall buildings and urban habitat in the Nordic region, CTBUH Finland held a launch event.
YPC Holds New York Chapter Initial Meeting
17 Dec 2014, New York City – Event Report
The first meeting of the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) – New York City Chapter was held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox.
CTBUH Co-Hosts Iuav International Tall Buildings Conference
21 Nov 2014, Venice – Event Report
The 5th Iuav International Conference on Tall Buildings was held in Venice, organized by Elena Giacomello and Dario Trabucco of CTBUH.
2014-2015 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in New York
14-17 Nov 2014, New York City – Tour Report
Tongji University students took a week-long visit to New York City, which included design workshops at KPF, site studies, and tall building tours.
Shenzhen Regional Tour Report
21 Sep 2014, Shenzhen – Tour Report
In Shenzhen attendees toured the sky lobby of Ping An Finance Center. Attendees enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel before continuing to KK100.
Suzhou Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Suzhou – Tour Report
The tour started at Suzhou Zhongnan Center and continued to one of the two International Fortune Plaza towers, which had just had its topping-out ceremony the day prior.
Hong Kong Regional Tour Report
20 Sep 2014, Hong Kong – Tour Report
The tour began at Hong Kong’s One Island East, a 298-meter office building. After a day of activity and touring, the tour ended with an evening harbor cruise, on a Chinese junk.
Wheelock Square Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The refined Wheelock Square played host to CTBUH delegates, who toured AECOM’s office on the 36th through 38th floors, a refuge / MEP floor, and the basement.
Lujiazui Harbor City Development & Riviera Twin Star Square Tour
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The Riviera Twin Star Square Tour was immediately followed by the Lujiazui Harbor City Development Tour, a development on the site of the Shanghai Shipyard Factory and Drydock.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Gold Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH Announces Next Chairman
4 Jun 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
David Malott has been confirmed to become the next Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Design, Cost and Return on Investment
23 Jan 2014, Toronto – Event Report
The chapter's fifth event included video presentations by Peter Rees, the Chief Planning Officer for London & a case study of The Gherkin by Kent Gardner, its owner.
CTBUH Leaders Tour Ping An Tower
18 Oct 2013, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott were treated to a high-octane tour of the under-construction Ping An Financial Center tower by its developer’s CEO.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.
Incheon Post-Conference Tour Report
13 Oct 2011, Incheon – Tour Report
The Incheon Free Economic Zone is one of three new districts that are created on reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea.
Lotte Jamsil Super Tower Tour Report
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Tour Report
A tour was hosted at the Lotte Jamsil Super Tower construction site that was abuzz with the activity of trucks and cranes.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Platinum Sponsor
10-12 Oct 2011, Seoul – Conference Sponsor
This conference aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 7th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
20 Nov 2008, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 7th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.

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Eugene Kohn

Eugene Kohn

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1999 – 2001
New York City, United States

William Pedersen

William Pedersen

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1988 – 1991
New York City, United States

Robert Whitlock

Robert Whitlock

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2017 – Present
New York City, United States

CTBUH Leaders at KPF

Eugene Kohn

Eugene Kohn

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1999 – 2001
New York City, United States

William Pedersen

William Pedersen

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1988 – 1991
New York City, United States

Robert Whitlock

Robert Whitlock

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2017 – Present
New York City, United States

Josh Chaiken

Josh Chaiken

CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, 2014 – Present
New York City, United States

Albert Wei

Albert Wei

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – 2015
New York City, United States

Jian Jie (Celeste) Ma

Jian Jie (Celeste) Ma

CTBUH Expert Chinese Translation Committee, 2014 – Present
Shanghai, China

Yong Ding

Yong Ding

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, Shanghai, 2017 – Present
Shanghai, China

Darren Chang

Darren Chang

CTBUH Working Group: Wind Engineering, 2015 – Present
New York City, United States

James von Klemperer

James von Klemperer

CTBUH Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2014
New York City, United States

Florence Chan

Florence Chan

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Hong Kong, China

Marianne Kwok

Marianne Kwok

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
New York City, United States

Inkai Mu

Inkai Mu

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Shenzhen, China

Hana Kassem

Hana Kassem

CTBUH Conference, Session Chair, 2017

Michael Greene

Michael Greene

CTBUH China Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2016
New York City, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving KPF

ICC – Rising High for the Future of Hong Kong

20 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Tony Tang, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

CTBUH 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: Guangzhou Developments Q & A

19 Oct 2016 – Conference Presentations
Eddie Chung, New World Development Company Ltd; Qifeng Yuan, Sun Yat-Sen University; Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yang Ni, Architectural Design & Research Institute of South China Univ

CTF Guangzhou - Efficiency in Mixed-Use Supertall

19 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Vertical Futures: Technologies That Will Shape the World

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
David Malott & Jordan Feinstein, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
James von Klempeter, Luc Wilson & Mondrian Hsieh, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates;

The Way for a Super Complex to Make a City More Convenient and Beautiful

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Videos

ICC – Rising High for the Future of Hong Kong
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Tony Tang, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Tony Tang of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 6: Hong Kong Developments Standing at 484 meters, Sun Hung Kai's ICC is the tallest building in Hong Kong and…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: Guangzhou Developments Q & A
19 Oct 2016 – Conference Presentations; Eddie Chung, New World Development Company Ltd; Qifeng Yuan, Sun Yat-Sen University; Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yang Ni, Architectural Design & Research Institute of South China Univ
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Eddie Chung of New World Development Company, Ltd., Qifeng Yuan of Sun Yat-Sen University, Florence Chan of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Yang Ni of Architectural Design and Research Institute of South…
CTF Guangzhou - Efficiency in Mixed-Use Supertall
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Gaungzhou, China. Florence Chan of Kohn Pedersen Fox presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: "Guangzhou Developments" Since the reformation in 1980s, Central Business Districts have been popping up in…
A World-Class City Calls for World-Class Architecture (One Shenzhen Bay)
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Marianne Kwok of Kohn Pedersen Fox, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 7b: Shenzhen Bay Development. Research and data indicate that Shenzhen is becoming a world-class city. Then, in this…
Shenzhen Bay Development Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Kui Zhuang, CCDI Group; Chongguang Xu, Shenzhen Municipal Government; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Co, Ltd
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Kui Zhuang, CCDI Group; Chongguang Xu, Shenzhen Municipal Government; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Co, Ltd, Maianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, answer questions at the end of 2016 China…
Panel Discussion: Shenzhen Re-centralization – Post Evaluation and Revitalization Strategy: Futian District
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Zhizhe Yu, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen, Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang, Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu, Ping An Financial C
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Zhizhe Yu of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen of Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang of Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu of Ping An…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 3a: Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; James von Klamperer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; James von Klamperer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session…
The Sustainability of Density & Vertical Urbanism Q & A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF; long Xiu, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. long Xiu, Chairman, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Opening Plenary: The Sustainability of…
The State of the Art (Technologies) Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Fing An Financial Centre; Karl-Ott Schoellkopf, Thyssenkrupp
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Fing An Financial Centre; Karl-Ott Schoellkopf, Thyssenkrupp, answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Session 2c: The State of the Art (…
Vertical Futures: Technologies that will Shape the World
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. David Malott of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 2c: The State of the Art (Technologies). We are at the cusp of a building revolution which, for the first time,…
X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This presentation outlined X-Information Modeling or XIM, a method of data-driven decision-making for the design of tall buildings. Developed over its application on more than 200 projects worldwide, XIM comprises a set of digital evaluation tools…
2015 New York Conference - Session 1e - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2015 New York Conference Session 1e Questions & Answers session with speakers Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization, Harry Macklowe, Macklowe Properties, James von Klemperer, KPF.
One Vanderbilt: Approving Midtown’s Tallest Office Building
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This presentation traces the development of One Vanderbilt from early design through the complex city approvals process that is ultimately allowing for its realization. From the onset, the building was not only charged with creating state-of-the-art…
Interview: James von Klemperer
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; James von Klemperer, KPF
James von Klemperer of KPF is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. James discusses the process of designing high-rises for international locations.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Closing Plenary - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Closing Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, David Gianotten of OMA, Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum, & James Von Klemperer…
Interview: James von Klemperer
18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; James von Klemperer, KPF
James Von Klemperer of KPF is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Urban Density and the Porous High Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
September 18, 2014. Shanghai, China. James von Klemperer from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC presents at the 2014 Shanghai Conference closing plenary on "Urban Density and the Porous High Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City – From…
Designing China’s Tallest: DNA of the Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Rather than attempting to radically redefine how contemporary skyscrapers are designed, KPF architects prefer to adopt an approach of continuous refinement; drawing from successful high-rise prototypes to inform the design of the Ping An Finance…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 Questions & Answers session with speakers Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd., David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates…
Interview: David Malott
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; David Malott, KPF
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Session 2: What Contributes Most to Sustainability in Tall Buildings?
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Dennis Poon, Neville Glanville, Klaus Lother & David Malott
The next generation of tall buildings will be judged on more than sheer height or aesthetic appearance. In the context of sustainability, they will also be judged on more than just their energy consumption. They will be judged on their contribution…
How Will Tall Buildings be Different in 20 Years?
Jan 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architecture; Jun Xia, Gensler; and more.
Future Vision: Where is the tall building heading in the future and what will the next generation of supertall
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Richard Cook, Cook + Fox Architects; George Downing, Downing Development; Bruce Lake, McHugh Construction; and more.
The Past: What have been the most striking tall building developments in the past 10 years?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urban
Industry leaders answering this question include: Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; Lawrence Pak, Singapore Housing and Development Board; Jim Loewenberg, Magellan…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott, KPF; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center will join an elite group of megatall buildings. This presentation discusses using the Ping An Finance Center and other buildings as examples of how the optimization of building shape impacts…
Lotte World Tower: Vertical Meets Horizontal
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; James von Klemperer, KPF
After years of study by a series of architectural teams, the Lotte Supertower is being constructed in southern Seoul. The KPF design integrates the 555 meter tower with a massive podium, creating a consolidated city center.
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 18: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ji Young Kim, Daewoo E&C; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Leslie Robertson & Saw Teen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates;; James Von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox David Paul McLean, Lotte Engineering & Construction; Charles D. Clift, Curtain Wall Design and Consulting; Jungmyon Francis Lee, BAUM Architects
Question & Answers session for Track Session 18.
The Social Responsibility of Tall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Over the past 35 years, my primary focus has been to make the tall building a social participant within the modern city, so as to encourage connection between buildings rather than standing as isolated objects. The tall building has been the dominant…
Songdo IBD - Steps Toward a Sustainable Urban Habitat
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Richard Nemeth, KPF
Songdo is a new city built on reclaimed land along the coast of Korea. In the center of this city is the1500 acre IBD (International Business District) which was masterplanned as a sustainable urban habitat for international companies to establish…
Interview: William Pedersen on Tall Buildings
21 Oct 2010 – 2010 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; William Pedersen, KPF
William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2010 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Mr. Pedersen speaks about his career in designing tall buildings. He is the 2010…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: From New York to Shanghai: A Lifetime of Tall
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; William Pedersen, KPF
William Pedersen, Partner, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Mr. Pedersen’s approach to design has been one that weds formal and technical originality with a modesty informed by a deep respect for spatial and historical context. Mr. Pedersen discussed…
Interview: Kohn Pedersen Fox
20 Nov 2008 – 2008 Awards Ceremony Interviews ; Eugene Kohn & William Pedersen, KPF
Eugene Kohn and Bill Pederson of Kohn Pederson Fox, are interviewed by Jeff Herzer prior to the 2008 CTBUH Awards Dinner at the CTBUH Headquarters at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Kohn and Pedersen talk about their involvement in many…
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
David Malott, KPF and Leslie Robertson, LERA, presented the Shanghai World Financial Center located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong. The focus of this presentation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress was to highlight the collaboration between…
Plenary 3 Panel Questions and Answers
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, LERA; Ken Dalton, AECOM / Faber Maunsell; Ole Scheeren, OMA
The panel of Plenary Session 3, David Malott, Leslie Robertson, Ken Dalton and Ole Scheeren, enthusiastically responded to questions from the CTBUH 8th World Congress audience.

Papers/Research

Vertical Futures: Technologies That Will Shape the World
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; David Malott & Jordan Feinstein, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
We are at the cusp of a building revolution which, for the first time, won’t be led by a developer, builder, architect, engineer, or urban planner. Technological innovation operating at unprecedented scale and speed is reshaping how buildings and…
X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; James von Klempeter, Luc Wilson & Mondrian Hsieh, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates;
This paper outlines X-Information Modeling or XIM, a method of data-driven decision-making for the design of tall buildings. Developed over its application on more than 200 projects worldwide, XIM comprises a set of digital evaluation tools that…
The Way for a Super Complex to Make a City More Convenient and Beautiful
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Today’s super high-rise buildings not only present the height of buildings, but also play more important roles of integrating into the development of cities, coexisting with them, promoting the efficiency of them and enhancing regional value to a…
ICC – Rising High for the Future of Hong Kong
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Tony Tang, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Standing at 484 meters, Sun Hung Kai’s ICC is the tallest building in Hong Kong and currently the 7th tallest in the world. ICC does not only add to the stock of the tall buildings in Hong Kong, it also helps to transform the once barren West Kowloon…
Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
One Vanderbilt: Approving Midtown’s Tallest Office Building
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This paper traces the development of One Vanderbilt from early design through the complex city approvals process that is ultimately allowing for its realization. From the onset, the building was not only charged with creating state-of-the-art Class A…
The Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
This paper investigates the Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings, the Tall Building as Place Makers how Tall Buildings meet the street. As contributing elements in the fabric of the City, Tall Buildings often have associated Urban…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
New Developments on Stainless Steel Façades with Regard to Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Joern Teipel, Outokumpu
Stainless steel is a key material in modern skyscraper architecture, exploiting the material’s sustainability, functionality and aesthetics. After an outline on some general features of stainless steel this article provides an overview of current…
Manhattan’s Last Frontier Becomes a Mini-City
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Hudson Yards is a mixed-use development built over rail yards on the west side of New York’s Manhattan Island. As the largest real estate project ever undertaken in the United States, its unprecedented scale and sophistication provide a model for…
Tall Buildings as Extensions Of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Peng Du, CTBUH; Zhendong Wang, Tongji University; Elie Gamburg, KPF
This paper reviews the 2014 Network 3D High-Rise Design Studio, which was undertaken by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, with assistance from the CTBUH and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The project site…
Urban Density and the Porous High-Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox
As the skyscraper matures as a building type, its role in actively connecting to, and reinforcing, major threads of urban fabric becomes increasingly more important. The creation of public spaces inside of and adjacent to tall buildings allows for…
Next Tokyo 2045: A Mile-High Tower Rooted in Intersecting Ecologies
May 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue II; David Malott, Keisuke Hiei & Heidi Werner, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA
“Next Tokyo” imagines a resurgent megacity, adapted to climate change through the realization of a high-density ecodistrict built on resilient infrastructure. The archipelago of reclaimed land supports transit-oriented development for a half-million…
Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup
China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far above its surroundings and become one of the most prominent icons of the city.
Urban Density and the Porous High-Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox
As the skyscraper matures as a building type, its role in actively connecting to, and reinforcing, major threads of urban fabric becomes increasingly more important. The creation of public spaces inside of and adjacent to tall buildings allows for…
Designing China’s Tallest: DNA of the Ping An Finance Center
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Ping An Finance Center is the next generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: megatall, hyper-dense, and highly connected. Encoded in the design of PAFC are the evolutionary building blocks of a modern megatall building. Ping An Insurance…
Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The survival of humanity on this planet relies on a radical repositioning of our cities. In the face of unprecedented global population growth, urbanization, pollution increase and climate change, it is no longer enough to simply create buildings…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott & Zhizhe Yu, KPF; Dennis Poon & Torsten Gottlebe, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center - set to become the second tallest structure in the world and the tallest in China - will join an elite group of megatall buildings. As today’s super tall buildings become taller and more complex,…
Wider Impacts: Tall Buildings as a Viable Proposition
2 Oct 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA; William Baker, SOM; Eugene Kohn, KPF
Three leading designers in the tall building industry share their take on the changes to the tall building industry and the impact of 9/11 on their design.
Case Study: Hong Kong International Commerce Centre
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV; David Malott, KPF
Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination: high-powered finance, global tourism, luxury shopping, and world-class hospitality, all gathered in a…
Case Study: Shanghai World Financial Center
Apr 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II; Paul Katz, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
From the onset of the Shanghai World Financial Center project, its developers targeted a cutting-edge, mixed use mega-complex that would serve a multitude of tenant lifestyle demands. When a desire to change the building size surfaced after the…
New Songdo City – The Making of a New Green City
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Christine Todd Whitman, Whitman Strategy Group; Charles Reid, Gale International World Headquarters; James Von Klemperer, KPF; Josh Radoff & Anthony Roy, YRG Sustainability
This paper outlines the process for approaching sustainable development and explores the opportunities and challenges that exist throughout the development process, from planning and design, to construction, and eventual long-term operation.
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Paul Katz, KPF; Leslie Robertson & SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Shanghai World Financial Center is located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong, the Shanghai World Financial Center combines creative architecture and structural engineering to create a mixed-use building 492 meters in height. It will be recognized by…
Bridging the Gap: Proposed Evacuation Links at Height in the World Trade Center Design Entries
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Antony Wood & Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This paper proposes to analyse in detail the skybridge links of the WTC replacement designs – impact on evacuation, structure, façade, tower operation etc – with the aim of establishing the advantages of such linkages, and how these could be…
Strategies for Tall Urban Buildings
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; William Pedersen, KPF
Tall buildings are, by their nature, insular and autonomous. The demands of their own biology make them resistant to forming linkages and relationships with other structures.

KPF Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 87 Completed29 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 7 Completed11 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 10 Years
Most Common Function office, 67 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 41 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving KPF

1   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
2   Lotte World Tower 2017 555 m Seoul
3   Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre 2016 530 m Guangzhou
4   China Zun Tower 2018 528 m Beijing
5   Shanghai World Financial Center 2008 492 m Shanghai
6   International Commerce Centre 2010 484 m Hong Kong
7   Suzhou IFS 2018 450 m Suzhou
8   One Vanderbilt 2021 427 m New York City
9   China Resources Headquarters 2018 393 m Shenzhen
10   30 Hudson Yards 2019 387 m New York City
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.