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The Bionic Tower, Hong Kong. Will It Be Built?  
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

I was looking at sites I haven't been on for ages and I found this:

http://www.skyscrapers.com/re/en/wm/bu/103165/

300 floors.. 1128m/3701ft.. massive! It says it's only a vision, but could this thing be built?

It says it would be used as:
Office, residential, hotel, retail, hospital, school, university, kindergarten, parking, cinema, casino, fitness center. Anything it wouldn't be used as? Laugh out loud

Here's a few images:
http://www.bionictower-bvs.com/fotos/torre/02_TORRE_VAR1.jpg - 747 flying over..
http://www.ronet.pl/aktualnosci/bionic/02.jpg
http://www.die-wolkenkratzer.de/images/bt01.jpg

Looks impressive Big thumbs up

Josh

[Edited 2003-09-02 21:19:14]

26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Looks ugly, I hope not.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

It looks like a big cigar.. Looks like Monica Lewinsky will be on her way to HKG soon.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

So were will it BE??
Skyscrapers.com says Hong Kong, Wolkenkratzer.de says Shanghai.

I'm confused by all this  Crying

Peter


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

Will someone please hunt down and savagely beat the architect responsible for this monstrosity??

Hong Kong deserves better.

qff


User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

last i heard of it it was supposed to be cone-shaped building. anyway, i think it would be eally cool if it actually was built! i doubt that anyone would really want to invest the money needed. if it failed they're be looking for a the highest roof they could find.


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 17 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

It would look very tempting covered in K-Y.

Signed, KROC



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

I think it looks good.. although I don't think I'd want it next door.. wouldn't feel safe  Laugh out loud On a serious note.. it would be bad if the thing collapsed..

Josh


User currently offlineTed747 From Australia, joined Jul 2003, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

Good one LHMark!! - I tend to agree!

User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

I take it that this is the new headquarters for the company that makes Viagra.

User currently offlineVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Take a look at the 'Glass gherkin' which is near completion in the City of London,
which is close to my house.
The company behind it has a website with some pretty cool pics, http://www.30stmaryaxe.com/ goto Information along the righthand side and click on construction images....Thats for all those who haven't seen London in a while!

virgin744


User currently offlineUSAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Can anyone say: Terrorist Target?

Imagine what a building three times the size of the WTCs would draw in form of terrorist interest.

Erik in MSP



User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Can anyone say: Terrorist Target?

Imagine what a building three times the size of the WTCs would draw in form of terrorist interest.


It would do us all well if you guys can confine the paranoia to your own country. I really don't see why everything has to be considered a terrorist target, unless if you really like OBL. If we all did things thinking about whether or not it will be blown up, OBL wins, and we'll never get anything done.

In any case, HK's skyscrapers are ugly enough as it is (except for I.M. Pei's BoC building). No need to stick that tampon in the middle of the harbour. So it's more appropriate that this tampon is actually proposed for Shanghai, as they don't have as many ugly skyscrapers. Yet.


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Virgin744: I was in The City last year for a while when it was under construction... nice building Big thumbs up

Josh


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

St. Mary Axe is actually quite a remarkable building...in design..and in environmental progress.

While some do not like the organic shape..it is definetely unique and progressive.


User currently offlineChickenorbeef From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

Well, I just don't agree with Buckfifty saying that Hong Kong's skyscrapers are ugly.

COB


User currently offlineVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

Jaspike,

next time your there gimme a shout, its pretty close to where i live- tonite i'm gonna walk up to Tower Bridge and watch David Blaine with the family, that should be funny!


virgin744


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

If it's near there then your place must be worth loads Laugh out loud

This David Blane thing should be interesting.. I'll be watching it on TV whenever it's on Big thumbs up

Josh


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Buckfifty- Have you been to HK? Man the buildings are amazing looking. One of the best skylines in the world. Especially at night with the lights on!


Go big or go home
User currently offlineAirbus A3XX From Australia, joined May 1999, 507 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

By the way where is "Hong Kong Bay"...? I've been living in Hong Kong for 17 years and never heard of that place...

User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Buckfifty- Have you been to HK? Man the buildings are amazing looking. One of the best skylines in the world. Especially at night with the lights on!


From my apartment in Kowloon, I can see them everyday. That's my opinion anyway, the new ones they keep putting up all look gaudy, sort of like a cheap imitation of a skyscraper. And what's with the trendy gold windows? Ugh.

Oh. Yes, I've been to Hong Kong...


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

Well Buckfifty- Asian architecture is much different than anywhere else. When I think of "skyscrapers" I think of the Empire State building, but that's western 50's (I think) architecture. Architecture changes with the times.

Give me an example of what you think is a good looking building?

Don't say the Petronas towers.. They are quite gaudy.



Go big or go home
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

The Empire State Building is very early 30's (1931?) architecture.

User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

IMO, the problem with Hong Kong is that the building designs often look really rushed, and built with whatever design feature seemed trendy at the time. More often than not, they don't seem to age well with time, and stick up like sore thumbs in the middle of HK's skyline. For example, some of the newer, and more well known buildings in Hong Kong:

The Center is quite bad, looks a bit tacky with all the angular protrusions. The gold windows don't help either.

http://www.geocities.com/hkmidlevels/20030311/RIMG1295.JPG

Central Plaza looks even worse, looks like it was designed to hang of some rich woman's ear.

http://www.geocities.com/hkphotos2003/Dscn0504.jpg

The Lippo Centre was cool when it came out, but as time moved on, it is starting to show it's age. Though to give it due, I still think it is quite unique.

http://www.geocities.com/hkphotos2003/Dscn0413.jpg

The Bank of China building, by far, is seemingly the best design out of them all. It's won a few awards, and to this day, still looks like it was built yesterday. It is simple, elegant, and for a while, was a worthy symbol of the HK skyline, along with the HSBC building. The ones above haven't been, and probably never will.

http://www.geocities.com/hkdowntown2003/20030226/RIMG3163.JPG

In any case, the HK skyline now is cluttered with designs which date back from the mid 80's to early 90's, most of them now look incongruous and bland. Though perhaps because I've seen them on and off for most of my life, perhaps my opinions will be different from some of yours.









[Edited 2003-09-06 06:22:58]

User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

Downtown Hong Kong looks like a bunch of little red x's to me  Laugh out loud


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