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This is a project for an ecologically sustainable building complex and an unusual look, in Malaysia
Lately the world architecture is experiencing a creativity boom, specially in the United Emirates. This example comes from Malaysia, a project with the prestigious Studio Nicoletti Associati signature.

The buildings are located in the waterfront of an artificial lake 30 km south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The construction cost is estimated in approximately 184 millions of Euros.

The buildings are part of a urbanization of the area known as Precinct 4. Sustainable strategies like terraces, sunshades, natural ventilation and integrated green space were included into the design. The buildings will source from alternative energy and are expected to produce 50% less CO2 emissions than similar residential projects.

Sure, the beauty of the complex is a highlight itself. It looks like a fleet of ships landed at the lakeside, as you can see on the pictures bellow.

Gate Tower Building is a 16-story office building in Fukushima-ku, Osaka , Japan . And what makes it notable is the highway that passes through the 5th-7th floors of this building.

The highway is part of the Hanshin Expressway, a network (239.3 km) of expressways surrounding Osaka , Kobe and Kyoto , Japan . The Gate Tower Building is Japan ‘s first building to have a highway pass through it. And it had been nicknamed “beehive” referring to its appearance as a “bustling place”. The Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route of the Hanshin Expressway system passes through this building. The expressway is the tenant of these floors. The elevator doesn’t stop on floor 5th-7th, floor 4 being followed by floor 8. These floors consist of elevators, stairways, machinery and other stuff. The highway passes through the building as a bridge, held up by supports next to the building making no contact with the building itself. The building has a double core construction, with a circular cross section and special care is taken by providing surrounded structure to the highway to protect the building from noise and vibration. Generally expressways are built underground, and passing through a building is an extremely rare occasion. It dates back to 1983, when the redevelopment of this area was decided upon, “building permits were refused because the highway was already being planned to be built over this land. The property rights’ holders refused to give up, and negotiated with the Hanshin Expressway corporation for approximately 5 years to reach the current solution.

Burj Dubai

Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي‎ “Dubai Tower”) is a skyscraper under construction in the Business Bay district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built on the planet, despite being incomplete. Construction began on September 21, 2004 and is expected to be completed and ready for occupation in September 2009.

The building is part of the 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) development called “Downtown Dubai”, at the “First Interchange” (aka “Defence Roundabout”) along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street. The tower’s architect is Adrian Smith who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) until 2006. The architecture and engineering firm SOM is in charge of the project. The primary builders are Samsung Engineering & Construction and Besix along with Arabtec. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction manager.

The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion and for the entire new ‘Downtown Dubai’, US$20 billion. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the CEO of Emaar Properties, speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, said that the price of office space at Burj Dubai had reached $4,000 per sq ft (over $43,000 per sq m) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Dubai, were selling for $3,500 per sq ft (over $37,500 per sq m).

Current height
As of September 1, 2008, Burj Dubai had reached a height of 688 m (2,257 ft), with 160 completed floors, becoming the tallest man-made structure of any kind ever built on the planet. Although fan websites report that the tower has risen higher since that time to a height of (694.5 m (2,279 ft)), no official height increase has been reported.