Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Lotto-Turm in Stuttgart, Germany by Frohlocke
April 19th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Frohlocke
The site “Österreichischer Platz“ is situated on the edge of Stuttgart’s city center.
Its function has not changed a bit in the last 40 years, it is surrounded by and isolated through highways, it is used as a parking lot and also as a meeting point for dubious people. The people have almost forgotten about it somehow after being in a bad state for years. But now the rhythm as well as the character of the surrounding highway will be interrupted by 55 piled-up sea containers
For a time frame of five to ten years a temporary tower should revaluate the district, should create an attractive magnet and it should also be a place where different, lively and diverse forms of use will have a home for some time. As the project will only be temporary, it will be build out of shipping containers which will be a construction element as well as it will create new space. In addition, the containers allow a financially interesting and short-term realization of the project and you can also reuse and constrcut on the plaza very fast again.
The building will be divided into two parts. There will be a courtyard that will be isolated from traffic and noise and the high-rise tower which can be scaled by an artificial path around it as well as by stairs that go directly on top. The building is completely open to the public.
There will be many differently designed zones: the green duplex that will host a park, terraces of different sizes, niches and stairways and it will also be the home of various institutions like the capsule hotel, the Bürgerbüro (the local administration) to the lovtainer. With all these different options the lotto-tower as a whole will offer possibilities for all kind of needs. It will be similar to Jacques Tati’s Autoplay or Ali Mitgutsch’s Wimmel Bilder – there will be much to explore.
The tower will be topped by a sphere which will host the drawing of the lotto numbers.
surprise and desire
Our surroundings are able to wake us up. This can happen by confusing us, lighting up a smile on our face, showing us our aspirations, activating our imagination, uncovering hidden qualities or even clarifying continuity and therewith it is producing emotions. These are exactly the thoughts that started the idea of the lotto tower project. It’s goal is to let you experience by the means of architecture the qualities of the surprise and the desire. The city of Stuttgart and its inhabitants as well as their public life should gain a vivid impulse.
Category: Master Plan