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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Writhing Tower in Lima, Peru by LYCS Architecture (designed using Rhino and AutoCAD)

June 23rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LYCS Architecture

Writhing Tower, is a LYCS designed Sky Condo for one of the most beautiful residential zones in Lima, is a global architectural competition initiated by ARQUIA, an international development firm interested in commissioning architecture as art.

Each unit is rotated 45 degrees to create a cruciform shape in plan and the appearance of a linear hinged volume. It enables each unit to have uninterrupted views to both the public park in front of the site, and the ocean to the rear of the site. Additionally, each unit has blocked views to the unit above and below it, so as to create extra privacy. Each unit is a two-story townhouse, with a terrace for a garden with trees, and a pool with a deck.

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  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Project: Writhing Tower
  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • Project Date: March, 2012
  • Status: Concept
  • Design Team: Hao Ruan, Devin Jernigan, Vedrana Puhalo, Max Peterschmidt
  • Image Credit: LYCS Architecture
  • Roof: 279m²
  • Typical Duplex: 524m² (X10)
  • Software used: Rhino and Autocad

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  • Living: 326m²
  • Terrace: 140m²
  • Service: 58m²
  • Ground Floor: 364M²
  • Coffee Shop: 238M²
  • Admin Office: 51M²
  • Lobby & Doorman: 51M²
  • Service: 24M²
  • Typical Parking Level: 906M² (X4)
  • Capacity: 96 Spaces
  • Service: 69M²
  • Overall Project Area: 9507M²

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Due to the uniqueness of the geometric play in the overall tower form, each terrace is able to receive the tropical sunshine and breeze. The metal hypar that connects the second floor plate to the underside of the unit above projects the user’s view out from the structure due to the way that the smooth surface blends the two box geometries. Consequently, the hinged volume takes on the appearance of being twisted from unit to unit, up the structure. A mesh triangle is added to provide additional sun protection and synthetic connection to the hypar form.

The project is an experimentation of contemporary design tendencies, henceforth standing out for its uniqueness in regards to the traditional or substandard urban tissue of Lima, Peru.

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About LYCS Architecture
LYCS Architecture, based in Hangzhou, China was founded in 2010. The firm engages in cutting-edge architectural design as a pioneer of cultural and creative industries in China and internationally. The core team is composed of graduates from Princeton University, Harvard University, Tsinghua University, and other well-known institutions. Currently members of LYCS Architecture teach at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the China Academy of Art College of Design. The team has breadth and depth working with such architectural firms as SHoP, Preston Scott Cohen, and Reiser+Umemoto in the United States, Bjarke Ingels Group in Denmark and Kengo Kuma & Associates in Japan, where they accumulated a wealth of practical experience.

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The firm is committed to both the ever-evolving demands of architectural design theory and practice as a function of our society. LYCS invest in the critical issues of building design, urban development, and construction in China. And the design demands that an innovative design synthesis requires for international quality. The firm is currently developing designs for high-end residential projects, five-star hotels, high-end clubs, energy efficient and innovative commercial buildings, ecologically sensitive urban landscape plans, galleries and as such. These projects are located throughout China, including Beijing, Hangzhou,Shenzhen, Sanya, Shanghai, Jiaxing, and others. LYCS Architecture’s designs were (add the AZ Award Finalist) awarded the 2010 International Modern Decoration Media Award, 2010 French CA’ASI “New Chinese Architectural Design Award” , 2008 VELUX International Architectural Design Competition Silver, to name a few. The firm was also invited in the International Architecture Exhibition at the 12th la Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy.

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About Founding Principal

Hao RUAN received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University School of Architecture. He also holds a M.Arch and B.Arch degree of architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing and was one of the youngest Visiting Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He teaches at Harvard GSD (with Prof. Wang Shu) and the School of Architecture China Academy of Art.

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Prior to founding LYCS Architecture Inc. in 2010, Ruan has worked in SHoP Architects in New York, Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou and Preston Scott Cohen Inc in Cambridge. Ruan is also an architecture critic with writings published by AREA, Time Architecture, Daylight and Architecture, World Architecture and Art4D. He was one of the authors of “Design for China”. Ruan was honored as the youngest “Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leaders” in Seoul 2006, and “Goldman Sachs Global Leaders” in New York 2005.

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