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Upside down Skyscraper

"The most important variable is the time. The collapse, the acceleration and the simultaneity of the time. In fact the space becomes temporal. Time is space because space is what we construct and time is what allows us to measure the space." says Archi[te]nsions on Upside down Skyscraper.

By: Archi[te]nsions

Architecture-Page | Upside down Skyscraper by Archi[te]nsions
View from 10th avenue.

Project details

  • Project Name: Upside down Skyscraper
  • Client: Evolo Architecture
  • Project Type: Urban scale
  • Principal Designer/s: Alessandro Orsini
  • Design Team: Manuela Priori, Alessandro Mangione
  • Date of commencement of project: 2006
  • Location of site: Manhattan, New York, USA
  • Site Area: City block

Architecture-Page | Upside down Skyscraper by Archi[te]nsions
View from 34th street.

Words from the architect

My designing approach is to observe the landscape as a random network of pure trajectories that I called tensions, generated by people and their social behaviors, whose occasional collisions suggest a possible topography, creating flows and path, determining the principal directions, and consequently the space. Each collision is an event related to the everyday life. A space as socius and social condenser. So the tensions become the subject of the urban planning. Each collision of tensions is space that become the buildings.

Architecture-Page | Upside down Skyscraper by Archi[te]nsions
View of the area.

The most important variable is the time. The collapse, the acceleration and the simultaneity of the time. In fact the space becomes temporal. Time is space because space is what we construct and time is what allows us to measure the space.

Architecture-Page | Upside down Skyscraper by Archi[te]nsions
Night view.

Starting from this point of view I thought that a new concept for a skyscraper has to include a new urban vision that comes from the study of the tensions generated by the building itself but also found in the site as a "genius loci" element; the simultaneity of the interaction of the tower with the city block and the entire urban environment forced me to study a new concept for a curtain wall which is not only structural but also a live element that speaks with the city.

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View from New Jersey.

Architecture-Page | Upside down Skyscraper by Archi[te]nsions
Site plan.

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Longitudinal section.

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Cross section.

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Plan at +121 m.

Credits

  • Text: Alessandro Orsini
  • Images: Architensions team

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