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.

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!