The project attempts to challenge the conventional tower typology; As a traditional tower is striated horizontally, formally and programmatically with a base, middle and top, here this manner of division is inverted and the tower is split into vertical strands. This organizational strategy impacts both programming of the tower and its spacial qualities.
It is a mixed use tower consisting of residential, hotel, and office spaces. The gradient not only inspired the formal qualities of the building but also informed the building envelope. The side facades with the vail are very delicate and translucent, while the other two sides are heavy, massive, creating framework for the screen. The cuts in the screen reveal communal spaces for the residents.
The ground level consists of a large public plaza. The building touches the ground only in two places, with the core and one of the strands that offers a double story commercial unit. The office volume acts as a rigid counter point to the undulating strands. As the tower progresses upward the office slowly diminished allowing for the appearance of more strands. The programmatic volumes intentionally never touch, the gaps that separate them become interior atriums and outdoor amenity spaces.
The project attempts to explore the opportunity of views in regards of tower building type. The outsider can see into the tower and across the atriums spaces. When crossing the atriums, the occupant can see the activity below, the sky above, and out into the surrounding. Inside of the unit the occupant can see sideways along the street, over to the neighbor, and back into the atrium. Despite the fact the programmatic volumes don’t touch, at all times the occupants can see the other programs' ongoing activities.