Industry News for January 13, 2016
2016 A WATERSHED YEAR FOR MANHATTAN SUPERTALLS
This year is a pivotal one for the Manhattan skyline, with six 984-ft.-plus supertalls coming out of the ground that will nearly double New York City’s (NYC’s) number of such buildings, from seven to 13, and change the skyline forever, New York YIMBY reports. YIMBY provides a roundup of the towers that includes descriptions of their designs, locations and timelines. Newcomers include the Nordstrom Tower at 217 West 57th Street, which, at 1,550 ft., promises to become the tallest building in NYC, and 111 West 57th Street, a SHoP-designed, 1,428-ft.-tall building with an Art Deco look.
LML OPENS SOUTH AUSTRALIA BRANCH, TAPS INDUSTRY VETERAN
LML Lift Consultants Pty. Ltd. has opened a branch office in Adelaide, South Australia, and tapped industry veteran Christopher Chatburn to lead it. Chatburn has more than 35 years of experience, working for both Otis and Schindler and filling roles such as senior field adjuster, construction supervisor, sales manager and branch manager. Most recently, he was New Equipment and Modernization manager for Schindler in South Australia. LML believes Chatburn brings a wealth of knowledge about the local market to the company.
TULIP-SHAPED TOWER PLANNED AT ISTANBUL NEW AIRPORT
IGA has chosen a tulip-shaped design by U.S.-based AECOM and Italy’s Pininfarina for a 96-m-tall, air-control tower to be built at Istanbul New Airport, architects datafile reports. Tulips originated in Turkey and have been the national symbol for centuries. Tower construction is scheduled to start in May and finish in October 2017. The airport, at full buildout expected to have an annual capacity of 200 million passengers, is scheduled to open in spring 2018 on the European side of Istanbul, near the Black Sea.
PROPOSED TOWER WOULD BE WEST LONDON’S TALLEST
Studio Egret West has proposed a 32-story, glassy building that would include 320 apartments and stand marginally taller than Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower, making it the tallest building in West London, Building Design reports. Several plans have failed at the site, which overlooks the Chiswick Roundabout and is easily accessible from Heathrow Airport. Developer Starbones Ltd. hopes its stepped tower, which has been dubbed Chiswick Curve, will become part of an area resurgence, but the proposal has drawn criticism from some who dislike the design.