Tower Experiments

October 30, 2017

 

Sometimes it's important to ask questions rather than proposing answers. Lately we've been inspired by the book, Never Built New York, by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, which asks the question, "What if we had built any of the provocative projects proposed by innovative architects over the past century? What would the urban landscape and the architectural landscape look like?

 

Daniel Libeskind writes a compelling forward in which he argues that architecture doesn't need to be built in order to enter the discourse. This is evidenced by the myriad of experimental, unrealized projects that inevitably provided the seed of inspiration for some of the most compelling projects of our time. He argues that just because a music score isn't played, doesn't preclude it from being music. Architecture, even unbuilt can often be more architectural than much of what we see built today. 

 

So here's to the spirit of innovation that operates outside of the built world. Using two Grasshopper3D plugins by Michael Pryor, this tower looks at using mirroring and blending between two geometries to create a cascading vertical transformation up a high-rise.

 

While unbuilt, these sketches provide a glimpse into a possible future, and with the right concrete fabrication techniques, we have to ask the question, "What if?"

 

 

 

 

GH Plugins used:

 

Mesh Mirror Cut

Pufferfish

 

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