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.
ORGANIC SKYSCRAPERS in London, England by CHARTIER-CORBASSON
July 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: CHARTIER-CORBASSON
To conceive a skyscraper growing vertically is a very pertinent idea, particularly natural and adapted to London. The considerable financial investment required by such a building justifies this approach allowing to modulate its surface according to the interested investors. For this reason amongst others, we have chosen to develop a most realistic possible approach of the project that could be realised under the present advanced technologies.
To do this, we have taken our inspiration from bamboo scaffoldings much in use in Asia, linking London with its history and its present as an international capital.
The scaffolding structure allows a continuous growth, inspired by the vegetal world, while developing an aesthetic of this evolution. By using exclusively one single size of tube, profile or structure, not unlike bamboo scaffoldings, work on site is limited to assembling (no cutting, whether the structure be made of wood or steel). All elements are prefabricated, limiting nuisances on the site and allowing cohabitation of offices.
The scaffolding draws an extensible structure, prefabricated and easily adaptable. The tubes, hollow, allow minimising the impact of the wind and include generators producing part of the energy needed by the building’s functioning. On this structure, floors, a skin are grafted: the idea is to use the office’s production – mainly paper, plastics (bottles) to make up the different elements of the building. Other productions, like glass will be collected at a larger scale to make other elements.
A tower-crane is avoided; enough lifts or goods lifts are reserved for the building site, thereby creating an aesthetic of growth inspired by the organic world: like coral, the building is self-generated by these occupants that produce its structure.
We have calculated that in one year, the occupants produce enough to supply a surface of façade like the one they occupy (panels of paper or compressed plastic bottles)
Reconditioning plants will be installed in the top of the building in the construction area, to minimise collection routes by heavy vehicles. At the foot of the tower, recuperation containers will be installed, for different material, such as glass. The building will be directly connected to different means of transport including the very close underground station, by a footbridge.
The building is pyramid-shaped, with an optimised structure, adapted to “classical” service by lifts. The pyramidal organisation of lifts generates spaces landings, lobbies that can receive activities, spaces for common services , like fitness-rooms, conference-rooms, restaurants or bars and, of course, on the summit , an observation platform.