Torres de H??rcules – beautiful architecture in Spain

Lately in Spain Torres de Hercules was completed. This characteristic landmark is based on two cylindrical towers covered with original facade. This beautiful building is work of famous Spanish architect Rafael de la Hoz and surely will become one of the most appreciated work done in last years. This building is placed close to Gibraltar, Mount Musa and the Alcornocales Natural Park.

Torres de H??rcules. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.
Torres de H??rcules. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.

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Miapolis – Miami proposal of the highest supertall

975 meters (3200 feet), 160 floor high building on the Watson Island in Miami? That is truth. The proposal is given but this is of course just in very early stage of development. I think it is worth to mention such interesting project because it is one of those things that makes knees trembling. The idea is to create a building that will make Burj Dubai (which new name is Burj Khalifa) look really small. the probability of this building being realized is of course not that big because potential cost of the whole investment would be enormous. Even the architects call it “the project of dreams”, but dreams are what made the world going straight forward. The whole complex is supposed to contain hotel, marina, observatory, condominiums, office space, restaurants, shopping mall, amusement park, trade center and rotating sky-lounge.

Here are some renders of this proposed skyscraper:

Miami Supertall - Miapolis 1
Miami Supertall - Miapolis 1. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.

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Beijing New South Station

Beijing New South Railway Station is a new project that replaced an old station that was called Yongdingmen Railway Station and operated from 1897 to 2006. New station was opened on August 1 ,2008 and it is reported to be the largest in Asia. Among  two other capital stations: Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing Railway Station it is the third hub for passengers in Beijing. Soon it will be capable of taking high-speed trains that could achieve speed of 350 km/h.

Beijing New South Station during construction in 1998. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.
Beijing New South Station during construction in 2008. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.

The shape of this construction is oval and was designed by Hong Kong/UK company of Terry Farrel and Partners. It was also a single collaboration with the Tianjin Desing Institute. Materials used to create this monster are: almost 500,000 cubic meters of  concrete and 60,000 tons of steel. Over 4,000 workers was on construction site in three years of building. The station outer wall is covered by glass and roof contains 3,246 solar panels that create electricity for the whole complex. The stations possess 24 platforms with an ability to service about 30,000 passengers/hour. In yearly scale that gives about 241,920,000 in every twelve months. There is also large waiting area with ability to create space for almost 10,000 people. The whole complex is much bigger than Beijing National Stadium.

Beijing New South Station final look, visualization. Photo taken from skyscrapercity forums.
Beijing New South Station final look, visualization. Photo taken from skyscrapercity forums.
Beijing New South Station inside. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.
Beijing New South Station inside. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.
Beijing New South Station railway. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.
Beijing New South Station railway. Photo taken from Skyscrapercity forums.