Skyscraper System, 2009
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The eVolo competition brief required the design of a skyscraper that would take into account
the immediate context and environment. Given the generality of this request, as the place
chosen by each participating group would have been arbitrary, we decided to design a
flexible SYSTEM adaptable to different
Compared with the traditional way of thinking of a single super-tall skyscraper, we proposed a broader, global vision for a solution to the problems of the cities.
After more than 100 years from the construction of the first skyscrapers, the city has evolved and its dynamics and problems are now different and more complex than those of the last century: density, the need for renovation and reuse of abandoned sites, the need for multifunctional hubs and so on. We believe that it is anachronistic and limiting to try to solve these instances with a single episode of architectural design. That is why we propose a broader scale of intervention: the skyscraper becomes a flexible SYSTEM of integrated skyscrapers in a bigger urban scale, with the objective of addressing the complexity of the modern city. read more
This SYSTEM of skyscrapers will interact in various ways, depending on the different contexts in
which it will be inserted. While it will be influenced by the existing urban dynamics, at the same
time it will influence them, creating new ones, giving rise to a principle of action-reaction.
The main feature of the skyscraper SYSTEM will be to integrate two types of mobility: the vertical, typical of the towers, and a horizontal one, typical for a promenade. The horizontal mobility will happen on two different levels: one on the ground: the plinth and one raised.
The proposed skyscraper SYSTEM will be an injection of integrated services: leisure, infrastructure, housing, work and ecology. It will have the main features of the tower: spectacular views, light, high density. To these a network of horizontal movement will be added with the function of overcoming the limit of exclusively vertical movement of a single tower.
The plinth will be at the same time the public access to the system and the connecting element of all the skyscrapers within the SYSTEM on ground level. This area of connection will adapt to the genius loci of the place, taking into consideration the programmatic needs and the morphology of the surrounding.
The cluster of skyscrapers will have elevated horizontal structures that will allow another connection of the individual vertical elements.
This SYSTEM breaks with the centennial exclusively vertical movement inside the tower. The user of the new skyscraper SYSTEM will be able to reach the various towers moving horizontally without necessarily having to use the horizontal connections on the ground. The horizontal joints of the system will also hold functions alternative to those present in the towers and can symbolically allude to the local dynamics and culture.
Site: Venice, Italy; Warsaw, Poland; Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Program: Multifunctional skyscraper system
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Federico Caputo, Weronika Wawrzyniak