cool new skyscrapers

It was only announced the other day that the highest mean house price in Australia is the suburb of Cottesloe in Perth at $2 million followed by Mosman in Sydney at $1.8 million.

Imagine spending $45.5 million on an apartment that is only 350 square metres but packed with the luxuries and furnishings of Fendi and other exclusive brands. That is the price to pay in order to live it up in twin tower complex called “The Cullinan” (天璽), next to the International Commerce Centre (ICC/環球貿易廣場) in West Kowloon. They will be the city’s tallest residential towers and stand next to what will be the third tallest tower in the world upon completion at 484m.

Scheduled completion of The Cullinan and ICC is 2010.

Now let’s talk about another impressive tower structure currently being built, but this time in Tokyo. The Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリ) is located between Oshiage (押上) and Narihirabashi (業平橋), east of Asakusa (浅草). Upon completion it will reach 610m into the sky.

In July 2011, Tokyo television stations will stop broadcasting in analog frequencies. Led by NHK, the main aim of 東京スカイツリ is to provide digital terrestrial services to the greater Tokyo area. Tokyo Tower at approximately 330m is not tall enough to serve this purpose. As well, it’s location in Oshiage was chosen because it is an area without major tall building obstruction.

Its design changes in shape from a triangular (tripod) base to a round top. Its structure resembles that of a traditional Japanese pagoda, containing independent floors with a single core. The architect, Tadao Ando (安藤忠雄), also designed the stunning Omotesando Hills (表参道ヒルズ) shopping complex in Harajuku, Tokyo. He is the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most distinguished prize in architecture.

The scheduled opening of 東京スカイツリ is Autumn 2012.

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