Pilingscraper

AVA- Andrea Vattovani Architecture as Architects

Through this competition we start to relate us for the very first time with a really high building trying also to understand what we think was right in the last 150 years of skyscrapers history.


The first stage of our process was to find a spot for our concept since Delirious New York was clear that the Skyscraper city is New York so the first decision was taken and we found a place next to the UN headquarters.


We look around and analyze the surroundings building and tried to combine the different uses and bring it together in a compact big pile a tower. So we achieved a free ground cause we wanted a park we wanted quality for our building but also to improve the surrounding. We have enough experience with construction developers to know that the first thing an architect should never forget is to improve the city and the surrounding of the building trough the design of a project.


We noticed a spot next to our field that was full of cars so we understand that in order to preserve the park we had to do something. We lifted up a corner of the park like it would be a carpet. With this simple gesture we created like that the main access for the cars and give and urban feeling on the street side and we created a landscape on the upper level so not to have a plane park.


We started to analyze smaller cities were the density didn’t develop as extreme as in a bigger city like New York. We decided to extend the city with his diversity and functions in the skyscraper itself so we selected many functions that we thought are important to have close to your home or office and that also contributes to make our concept works. We pile all the functions in an inner tower giving them also a different density depending on the place needed in every different level.


We developed also two main zones one private and public. The core of the building becomes a building inside a building offering many attractions from coffee shops to parks to skater places to pharmacies food stores and many others. You can decide to take a walk inside and go till the 50th floor or to stop in the area you like the most.


On four main public levels you can find places where you can access a beautiful view and parks that we made also to bring light inside and allow the connect to the outside from different high. The last ten floor of the building are only for residential use and they are constructed around a courtyard with a park.


The form in the lower part of the building is developed from the orthogonal schema of New York town plan. In the lowest part we respect the system and define the street trough his adaptation to the perpendicularity but as the building becomes higher the levels turns to the sun light.

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