In 1972, Paris approved a hulking 690-foot skyscraper that dwarfed the rest of the city and looked like it was designed by Darth Vader on the back of a cocktail napkin. It’s no wonder it’s taken the city 42 years to give tall buildings another shot.
They call it Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) and, once built in Casablanca, Morocco, it will be the tallest building in Africa. The 1771-foot (540-meter) building is a project of Sheikh Tarek M. bin Laden, designed by French architects Valode et Pistre, who obviously have been watching too much Lord of the Rings.
The world's tallest roller coaster won't even be made until 2017 and this is just a demo video of what the roller coaster is going to feel like but I'm already scared. Skyscraper at Skyplex in Orlando will be the tallest roller coaster in the world at over 500 feet tall and you ride the thing all. the. way. down.
Living in the tallest apartment building in America—and the northern hemisphere—will feel like living inside the Lincoln Memorial but with bathtubs, awesome views, and a permanent sensation of wanting to vomit: The ultra-thin skyscraper sways four to five feet, as this video filmed from the top shows.
Coaster enthusiasts are always on the hunt for their next big thrill, and come 2016 they may be drawn back to Orlando. That's when the Skyplex complex is set to open, featuring the world's tallest roller coaster wrapped around its 570-foot tall tower.
It took more than 2,000 pounds of explosives to bring down this 32-story tower in Frankfurt yesterday—roughly the same amount as a Mark 84 bomb. Thankfully, since we live in the age of YouTube, there are plenty of astounding videos of the demo.
A man died trying to escape a fire in his high-rise apartment building in Manhattan earlier this month. What makes this all the more tragic is that he would have survived—if he had only stayed in his apartment. Skyscrapers are designed to contain fires, so that, even when you're hearing alarms and smelling smoke, the…
This month in Oslo, an architecture student named Martin McSherry presented a controversial idea to a gathering of cemetery and funeral professionals. The topic? His design for a "vertical cemetery" that could, in theory, solve Norway's growing graveyard conundrum.
Pertamina—Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas corporation—will have a new headquarters in Jakarta in 2020. One that looks like a smooth spaceship about to take off and generates electricity thanks to its design, created by American architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
I love the newly city-approved Beach & Howe Tower in Vancouver, Canada, a gorgeous 54-story apartment building designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group. It gets extremely thin on its base to avoid a passing highway. From some angles, it looks like it may fall on its side. Enjoy the beautiful pictures.
Certainly you've assembled a piece of Ikea furniture and experienced that special kind of frustration that comes with realizing the screw holes don't line up and you have to take everything apart and put it together it again. Now imagine this problem at 750 feet in the air with massive steel girders instead of…
The gorgeous new One World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) is still under construction but it's looking more and more gorgeous everyday. What's more gorgeous: the view of New York City when you're on top of the new giant skyscraper. Wow.
You're you. You have your two hands and two feet and a camera. That's it. Can you climb up a freaking skyscraper without any protective gear, safety net, rope, and whatever else sane people use when they climb? This guy did.
Afraid of heights? These may not be the videos for you. Alain Robert, the real-life spiderman, scales towering monuments across the globe—sans ropes, or security of any kind, for that matter. Don't slip, dude!
The idea behind the ECO-CLIFF, what the vertical zoo is called, is to create a wildlife tower that can act as a nesting ground for birds and an ecological habitat for animals. Humans will peek into animal life on footpaths.
Look at the giant bubble-wrap that's going to encircle these identical 25-story towers. OK, OK, it's actually a honeycomb screen that helps reduce cooling needs. The Abu Dhabi Investment Council sure is lucky to get such shiny, swank new headquarters.
Pittsburgh, PA's 33-story Grant Building famously spells out the name of the city in Morse Code so brightly it can be seen for over 100 miles. Except it doesn't actually spell Pittsburgh, but "Pitetsbkrrh." Eep.
This is the Capital Gate, a 525-foot tall tower that leans 18 degrees to the west, 14 degrees more than the Tower of Pisa. And unlike many of these spectacular projects, this one is actually well underway in Abu Dhabi, as you can see in this image:
The idea is actually very simple: construct a tower fitted with 200-400 trees in areas of high pollution. Basically, it works like a gigantic filter—scrubbing smog and converting CO2 into oxygen.