Canton Tower: Protection & Structure

One of the primary reasons I am looking at lattice structures is two fold:

A conversation with Adrian Robinson, our structural engineer tutor, advised me that this would provide horizontal and vertical stability to extend the tower vertically in the form of a super-structure. My concern is that while this gives the project a structural element of believeablity, it takes away from the fractured elements of my previous images.

Another reason is developing my idea to use the structure of the tower as a Radar/Information absorbing device that assimilates information through radar absorbing materials as well as creating a Faraday Cage type structure that can protect the data core of the building against digital threats.

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Canton Tower: Structure

The structure consist of a open lattice-structure that is twisted over it′s axis, therefore creating a tightening waist halfway up the building, something which I am lookijng to achieve with the BT tower to maintain its elegance

Columns rings and diagonals form together a web that varies over the section of the tower. The columns are all perfectly straight although the lean over to one direction, giving the tower a dynamic twist. They taper from bottom to top, so to further amplify the perspective view up along the tower. The diagonals are more or less everywhere the same at 800mm. they consist of straight tubes that run between columns fixing the web of nodes into a stiff web. The rings are placed on the inside and their diameter is fixed at 800mm, they are truly round, following the curvature of the facade that runs along the inside.

At the bottom of the tower the columns are 2m in diameter, constructed of 50mm thick plated steel 

Gormley

Gormley constantly experiments with new formulas, breaking the body down into pixels or seeking to overcome the barrier of the skin itself. This has resulted in works like Feeling Material XXXIX, where steel spirals whirl out from a void, body-shaped nucleus, producing an energy field where the unbroken line creates a dance between the inner and outer space

Adrian also pointed me in the direction of Anthony Gormleys sculptures which were reminiscent of some of my previous sketches. What I find interesting about his sculptures is the dynamic fluidity in his representation of space between the void and man body or ‘nucleus’ of the scultprure, as he calls it, ‘an Energy Field’

-> Cross Tutorial update: Something which was said to my during the tutorial was my focus on the Fractured Elements of the BT tower, my parasitic/symbiotic additions to the tower and ultimately the ‘space between’ the workspace and skin/facade of the building could become an interesting area to look at in terms of the invisible connections and electro magnetic field.

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Protected moments within the Park: Precedents of style, aesthetic and interaction

Shadow Pavilion Informed by Biomimcry

 Ply Architecture – eVolo | Architecture Magazine.

BIO Coral Reef Pavilion- Interactive WIFI spy Pavilion

As a sophisticated biological network, coral reefs are natural spies. Reefs consist of hundreds (or even hundreds of thousands) of polyps, which gather information about their environments and use it to shape their growth patterns and, consequently, the form of the reef itself. In a way, their structures are a product of their surveillance of the environment.

San Francisco–based BIOS Design Collective wanted to render Silicon Valley’s invisible web of data—from overlapping wi-fi signals to the behavior trackers buried in web pages—as a physical expression they chose the coral reef as their ruling metaphor. This LED Pavilion “Spies” On Its Inhabitants – Architizer.

 

Russian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale

Art & Design: The Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale | Blog | Stylesight.

Fabricated Pavilion, Stuttgart

Researching New Tectonic Possibilities In Architecture / Robotically Fabricated Pavilion In Stuttgart – eVolo | Architecture Magazine.

An interesting project using woven fibres and robotics to determine the structure and fabrication, I imagine this as a temporary woven structure over a protected space within the park where the fibres are able to deflect invasive radio waves, wifi signals and communications.

The pavilion is entirely robotically fabricated, from glass and carbonfiber composites and it investigates the eventual co-relation between bio-mimetic design strategies and new processes of robotic production. The new composite construction paradigm in architecture is rooted in morphological principles of arthropods’ exoskeletons. Typically, exoskeletons are a shell type structure that supports and protects an interior space such as an animals body. In the case of the park as a sanctuary, the exoskeltal structure would act as a protective device against invasive communications.

Sou Foujimoto, Serperntine Pavilion

Nature Listening Device.

Hacking nature as an eavesdropping device.

Potential to take the protected space in the park back to my initial exploration with foam as space for moments of contemplation.

A look Inside Data Centres

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Facebook plans a Data Centre Powered by Wind

The electricity for the new data center will come from a nearby wind project in Wellsburg, Iowa, according to a blog post from Facebook. Both the wind project, which will be owned and operated by MidAmerican Energy, and the data center are currently under construction

Facebook Says Its New Data Center Will Run Entirely on Wind | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.

Speculation on the future of the BT Tower

BT Tower

 

Synth[e]tech[e]cology

Royal College of Art graduate Chang-Yeob Lee has developed a concept to transform the BT Tower in London into a pollution-harvesting high rise tower. The project predicts the eventual redundancy of the 189-metre tower – currently used for telecommunications – and suggests repurposing it as an eco-skyscraper that collects airborne dirt particles and helps to reduce the level of respiratory illness in London

While his project is focused on  a new infrastructure gathering resources from pollutants in the city atmosphere, the valuable commodity in my vision of the future city is the harvesting and analysis of data essentially re-imagining the now redundant telecommunications tower as a harvesting device. More details and ideas on this to follow!

Architectural [Drawing/Model]

Here you can find the link to my presentation on dRMM’s Endless Stair:

 Architectural Model- The Endless Stair

Architecture as Sculpture. Sculpture as Architecture

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dRMM, Endless Stair

Inspired by Eschers lithograhy work on ‘Ascending and Descending’ and Lionel and Roger Penrose’s 1958 publication, Archtiecture firm dRMM have created ‘the endless stair’ outside the Tate Modern in London. More to come on this engaging & playful architectural sculpture!

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dRMM Initial Model

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View from Staircase 11

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Tulipwood CLT: Material & Joinery

 187 steps made from re-configurable components have been assembled into 15 interlocking tulipwood staircases outside the Tate Modern in London, designed by architecture firm dRMM and engineers ARUP. Taking Eschers 2D drawing into a 3D object, a complex and interlocking structure that was essentially spatially impossible proved a challenge for the design team.

Through an experimental combination of form, texture, material, connection & spatial dynamics, the user is able to stumble upon new experiences each time they ascend or descend a staircase. dRMM have created a model structure that is playful & engaging while retaining an atmosphere of architectural elegance, something I believe all architecture should strive to achieve. I admire the confidence and ambition to take an idea that is spatially impossible in the real world and turn that idea into an elegant public exhibition. The lively atmosphere created by something as simple as a staircase is a testament to human nature in the desire to ascend/descend and explore.

Ultimately it can be said, what is the point in constructing an endless stair that actually ends?

Quite simply… pleasure.

 

One of my favourite scenes from Inception that inspired my choice of model, effectively illustrating the penrose stairs, or the infinite staircase. If you haven’t seen this film, you need to! A truly fascinating concept of manipulating an impossible architecture.

Serpentine Pavillion 2013

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On the same trip to London, I took the opportunity to visit the Serpentine Pavillion in Hyde Park. Designed by Sou Fujimoto, the structure is playful and engaging to the public and appears to float and disappear into the sky. The form resembles a cloud that has been reduced to vertical and horizontal elements, integrated with purposeful spaces to sit, relax, enjoy a coffee and watch the clouds roll by.