Genesis has expanded its line of concrete equipment and demolition shears with the launch of its new largest Razer GDT 590 attachment for excavators up to 55 tonnes.

Prior to this, three other GDT demolition models were presented in the company’s offerings catalog, adapted to excavators with lighter weights of 20, 30 or 40 tonnes. The new GDT 590 Attachment Shears feature a 1.3 meter jaw opening, a 1.64 meter jaw depth and a front reach of more than 3.6 meters from the attachment axis (boom or stick). They can be used for tasks such as general demolition and demolition of bridges, concrete processing and C&D processing, as well as cutting structural steel, rebar, pipes and scrap metal. Genesis says they designed the Razer GDT 590 with a lightweight design weighing 6,849kg including a mounting bracket and to fit most standard excavators and long reach excavators. Features of the GDT include crushing teeth that can be rearranged from front to back and replaced, a top jaw that runs through the bottom jaw so materials can pass through and not get stuck, and a short flat head head and bolt-on bracket for easy installation. The crusher teeth and their arrangement can also be adapted to the project. The top of the 4-direction replaceable cutting blades pulls material deeper into the jaw for more efficient cutting, according to the company.

Below sea level at 88 meters, Jade + QA has built a hotel

In China, after twelve years of construction, a hotel opened on the site of an abandoned quarry. The authors of the unusual building are the Chinese-British bureau Jade + QA. According to the architects, the concept of the building is inspired by the place itself and the surrounding landscape, and the structure is built according to the yin-yang principles, which are based on the balance of light and dark, heaven and earth.

Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel, located near Shanghai, sits at a depth of 88m (with the quarry half-filled with water) and descends 16 stories below ground level. The structure, completely made of glass and metal, consists of three volumes, which are tightly adjacent to the wall of the quarry.

The two lower floors of the building go under the water – they are equipped with a restaurant and additional rooms, from where you can see the underwater aquarium. The two upper ones, on the contrary, rise above the ground – there will be a reception, another restaurant, conference rooms. There is a swimming pool on one of the floors at the water level. The hotel has 337 rooms in total.

The central part of the complex is a glass tower that resembles a waterfall, especially with a spectacular night illumination. There is an elevator inside it, which connects all the buildings of the building, and on top is an observation deck. In addition, on the ground side, the hotel has an exploited roof, on which sports grounds and mini-gardens are equipped.


Heatherwick Studio turns old abandoned coal warehouses into a trendy cluster

Thomas Heatherwick has transformed a Victorian coal depot in London’s King’s Cross, empty since the 1990s, into a new attraction, Coal Drops Yard. The renowned designer and architect has successfully completed his first major project in his firm’s home to the rapidly changing area of the British capital. And the famous platform 9-3/4 at the nearby historic train station has a serious competitor.

Two elongated brick volumes with the remains of old cast-iron railway overpasses stand at a short distance, but not parallel, but gradually approaching, which prompted the main idea. The intricate designs added by the architects make them literally reach for each other and ultimately unite in a sensual touch – almost a kiss. The cover was specially selected in blue-gray slate from the same Welsh quarries used on the original Victorian structures. Thanks to the unexpected curves of these seemingly most banal gable roofs, the covered central part of the entire cobbled public space of the shopping street is being formed.

The buildings of the coal warehouses built in 1850 have been restored in accordance with all restoration standards. Their autistic appearance was preserved as much as possible. Their two-level spaces with wide aisles have proven to be convenient to house more than 50 individual shops, studios, offices, workshops, restaurants and cafes. At the same time, almost all rental properties are individual and unique. They have already lost their desire to place their objects – COS, Aesop, Tom Dixon, Paul Smith, Fred Perry, Joseph Cheaney & Sons, Lavenham, American Vintage and many others. The suspended glazed room in the very heart of the complex will be occupied by Samsung.

In addition to the actual Coal Drops Yard shopping center, the Lower Stable Street area opened in parallel, which also became part of the quarter, but intended mainly for experimental brands, startups, workshops and cafes. So the project promises to become not just another mall, but an active social and creative place with its own unique, very mobile atmosphere and a vibrant program of events.