Evolo Skyscraper Competition_Winter 2010
Work Published in EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS
SOLUTION_An issue with living in an apartment building has always been the lack of freedom to manipulate the unit as times change. This, among many other reasons, is what draws people away from the city into the ever-expanding suburbia. Vertical adaptation is a study of how this can be changed to meet the demands of ones ever changing special needs in a dense urban setting. This tower allows for the continual customization of both the interior and the exterior of a skyscraper as its inhabitants see fit.
Internally the building is divided in three parts commercial, residential, and circulation. The circulation mass separates the building’s two programs. Functionally these two programs work the same in regards to adaptation. The office side is composed of units of offices, where as the residential side is designed on a room-by-room basis. Each program is divided into a small three-dimensional grid, allowing for inhabitants to more accurately acquire the amount of space they need. As spaces become available individuals would be able to expand to the next adjacent grid, whether horizontally or vertically, to meet their new special needs.
On the residential side every unit is designed to allow for a modular kitchen to be delivered and hooked up. Allowing for the units to change function as the resident needs. If there is need for another room and the any adjacent space is available. The connection between the two can easily be made. In essence this gives residents the ability to put an addition on their house as you would in a single-family dwelling.
With the wide variety of attachments available to add to ones apartment, the possibility now exists to showcase your personality in your space as well as on the buildings exterior. This creates an evolving façade that gives the building as a whole a personality.
The exterior of the building changes from a space out of ones reach, to an occupiable façade. This façade showcases an exposed structural system to which the specially designed components may hang. These components include expansions for: rooms of varying sizes, stairs to connect to vertical expansions, walkways to connect horizontal expansions, & balconies for various functions. As well as spare bedroom option if a guest comes to visit, that can be fully outfitted and delivered ready to go. There are even solar panels and sun shading device to promote energy savings, which the tenant would directly see the benefits of, further encouraging the use of efficient environmental practices.
Along with the many semi permanent components is the system has the unique ability to have a moving/maintenance containers brought directly to the unit. With a garage for the attachments located in the buildings lower level, many of the components can be stored with the individuals belongings stored safely inside. This concept of vertical adaptation would change the perception of urban living and give all inhabitants the ability to customize their space in ways never experienced before in a skyscraper.
The cornerstone of the tower is it’s components, which facilitate the ever evolving facade of the tower. Allowing all inhabitants, commercial and residential, the opportunity to customize their portion of the tower to fit their individual needs or desires. These components, which includes everything from solar panels, sun screens, extra rooms, balconies, or stairs, gives a new level of personalization not seen before in an dense urban setting.
DELIVERY The system utilizes a set of cranes at the top of each side of the building. Each crane has carriage attached which grabs the component and delivers it to the desired floor. The carriages are gyroscopically counterbalanced for stability while attaching the individual components to the building. This automated system contains an array of sensors and video cameras on the carriage, to allow safe attachment and detachment of the system as necessary.
ATTACHMENT The glazing system which covers the façade are locked in place until an appendage is placed on the hanger directly outside the particular window. The same system assures the component remains securely attached by only allowing the components to be removed from the hanger by a switch that is activated by the delivery carriage.
STORAGE The base of the building houses large vertical garages to store components. Allowing tenants to exchange their components as the need arises. This also acts as storage for the inhabitants using their currently unused component as the container.
KITCHEN Every residential space has a drainage hookup as well as electrical hookups concealed behind a panel in the wall. If the space is to be used as the kitchen then the maintenance component is sent up with a modular kitchen consisting of pre built cabinet counter units that have sinks, stoves, and dishwashers. The pieces are rolled into place and hooked up, again allowing for different arrangements as needed by the individual.