There’s always a different way to imagine a city and the projects within that city. We took inspiration from nature and its most inspiring element, the Tree, to develop an architecture that is not simply a building but a complete ecosystem. Like a tree. One that gathers all the energy required from the sun and the wind, that collects water from the rain and transforms the energy from its tensioned cables into electricity to be used by the inhabitants. This ecosystem provides extensive Gardens and cultivated platforms for everyday needs.
GENESIS We are not masters of nature, but as a species we are convinced that we have total command over form and structure. We think we can decide what deserves to exist and what doesn’t, what’s beautiful and what isn’t, what’s useful and what’s not. Up to now, space has been the most important dimension, but today, seeing the state of our planet, the most important dimension is time, and time is running out. Currently, it seems that we exist just to create material wealth for ourselves, while leaving behind an earth that is scorched and barren. Instead, we should be acting to ensure and sustain the fecundity of this planet that we all share and whose importance in the cosmos we have yet to understand. Maybe we should try to remember where we are and how we got here and to regain a sense of evolution. We are all part of a history and part of a future. Today, we are playing around with forces and powers beyond our control, wanting to be the masters of creation by treating living beings like simple modifications of a genetic code. In just 20, 50 or 100 years we risk finishing with a world that has been ravaged after an adventure that has lasted for millions of years, and to finish lamentably with a planet that we ourselves have made inhabitable would be truly tragic. Time has run out. The tower is configured so as to maximise the functionality of the interior and exterior spaces and guarantee structural efficiency. Starting from an 80x130m urban lot, a main central core hosts the primary functions that are completely surrounded by large hanging gardens supported by an external curtain of steel cables that act as both the structure and the façade design of the tower. The particular design and structure of the tower enables an efficient balance between external and internal spaces to be achieved, as well as a different perception of lifestyle and space itself. The main idea of this project is to create an ecosystem that will give autonomy and independence to those who “live” this structure, a building that works as a garden city. The Functions are distributed vertically, allowing space at the bottom for activities that take advantage of the large garden platforms, while higher up the Functions take advantage of the view and life closer to the “sun”. On the lower floors are the public and cultural functions. Immediately above is a kind of garden city with immense cultivated platforms incorporating soilless systems that reduce heavy metal contamination in city-grown food. Above these vegetable gardens is the sports area with ample space to host a huge variety of sports from football to swimming. Over this is a hospital that is also immersed in greenery and is highly equipped to deal with any health emergency. The year 2020 has taught humanity a painful but important lesson. COVID-19 has made us reflect on how weak we are in the face of a pandemic and has served as a warning after the whole planet essentially closed down for three months, teaching us that the infrastructures of the future must also be imagined to take account of life in the possible event of another Lockdown. Above the hospital are floors dedicated to teaching, with schools and universities. Over these are co-working spaces and offices, because even if smart-working is becoming increasingly common, also due to the Covid-19 emergency, we must also provide space for working in the community, incorporating the surrounding greenery and even bringing it into the workspace. Finally above we have the residential area with breathtaking Views. A step closer to the sky.
SUSTAINABILITY In terms of energy requirements, the building is completely self-sufficient and the goal is to generate a vertical urban forest that creates a different biodiversity. It is a system that recycles, produces and optimizes energy, creating a new microclimate by filtering the air, absorbing carbon dioxide, producing humidity, ensuring protection from solar radiation and noise and reusing the rainwater for irrigation of the green areas.
REACTION TO THE WIND The association of the main structure of the tower and the cables that surround it confers an efficient structural response to wind stresses whatever the direction or height, ensuring the maximum stability and bracing of the floors. The construction technique means that a building with a considerable number of floors can built even in those areas of the world that are most subject to severe weather conditions and winds.
LOAD DISTRIBUTION The logic underlying the structure aims to establish a static balance between live cables and the building’s primary structural gridwork. This balance is achieved by hanging the numerous floors with large expanses of glazing onto the external curtain of cables, ensuring stability and rigidity along all the façades. The weight of the suspended floors is discharged directly to the central structure of the building down to the foundations at ground level.
FLOOR STRUCTURE AND CABLE ANCHORAGE Given that the floors of the tower incorporate great expanses of glazing, they are conceived as large grids of primary and secondary steel beams that guarantee a certain rigidity and dynamism in relation to the load stresses. This structure is designed to accommodate large green pools in the spaces between the beams, enabling tall trees and shrubs to be cultivated. The floors are in this way suspended between the central core of the building and the live cables, the latter being hooked by means of mechanical steel head elements.
OLED CABLES The Structural cables with OLED finiture and IoT technology can produce any kind of static or moving images, transforming the environment of the landscape like a giant light installation. The Illuminated surfaces can be use also advertising purposes or simply illumination.