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.
Envisioning Tatlin’s Tower in JAKARTA, Indonesia by PHL Architects
February 5th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: PHL Architects
Most cities around the world are facing environmental problems as a result of rapid population growth.
The Third International Tatlin’s Tower was designed in 1919 by Russian Architect Vladimir Tatlin – a tremendous structure that was meant to serve as a political propaganda hub for the city, state and the world beyond. It was the result of a nation’s ego in competing against big developed countries to gain
Alas, the tower is only known for its utopian symbolism because it was never built. As the ideology of the tower has appealed to many over the years, we try to rethink on its design and reuse possibilities to solve current problems. We look to nature as a basis for us to create new thoughts in this modern society – to look for better sustainable human life; to establish new sustainable system concepts and technological improvements; and to invent a livable and sustainable city of tomorrow.
“NEW” TATLIN’S TOWER AT CILIWUNG RIVER, JAKARTA
Tatlin’s tower is almost 400meters in height and consists of a declined “backbone and skeleton” structure surrounded by two helices that support the podiums inside – a massive box, a pyramid, a tube and hemisphere. By studying the spaces created by the structure, it can be inferred that the tower has the potential to support various activities, programs, and technologies. Addition structures and vertical transportations can be incorporated and its vast surfaces utilized in many different ways.
In order to enable the Earth to recover its ecosystem, the proposed design intends to clear the lands on the Ciliwung riverside by moving people into the tower. The proposed programs in the tower includes housing livestock farming; fish and insects farming; public spaces; energy production; water and air treatments; and purifier plants.
There are three main zones: public, residential and production areas. Public areas are located on theground and in each of the podiums. The market in the tree conservation area is set aside to sell thefarming’s excess production; each space rises above the ground and is connected by bridges. Theresidential areas are located inside the core of each space and are surrounded by farming, which islocated in spaces between the residential area and skeleton structure throughout the tower. The mainpurpose of farming is to ensure a continuous availability of food supplies for those in residence –vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products – the excess will be sold in the fresh produce market. At least10 percent surplus can be generated for each product. One tower can be occupied by 9000 people, andhence allows 19 hectares of land to be restored to its natural state.
Together with the wind-generated propellers, the photovoltaic panels that cover the tower’s surfaces will be able to generate a constant supply of electricity. The water turbine also generate electricity by using gravity-Ciliwung river water is pumped up through the backbone structure and runs down the double helix. During this time, the water will be purified and stored in a reservoir beneath. The cleaned water will also be distributed along its way down to the residential and farming areas.
In the end, by rethinking and redesigning the Tatlin’s Tower, we try to propose new spaces in the city where communities can come together to live and work in self0sustaining towers. By envisioning the tower after 100 years, we offer a different provocative thought on how new modern societies can adapt with the development of technology and new spaces that will change urban concepts and social relationships while healing nature.
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