Patrik Schumacher Studio
Assistants: Christos Passas, Mirco Becker
Jang Eun Cho (Korea)
Konstantinos Mouratidis (Greece)
Rui Xiao Long (China)
Qin Tao (China)
Our response to the brief of the Proto-tower is conceptually derived from the development of a system which consists of two structural elements – one taking on loads under compression, the other tensile – that co-exist and co-operate to create a dialogue and eventually reach an equilibrium-stable state. By developing a system like this we aimed to create a relatively light-weight structure which implies a significant material economy. In addition, it provided us with the opportunity to create long spans, large open floor plans and an high degree of freedom in the articulation of the skin in terms of transparency levels since the design eliminated typical structural elements. Using a branching logic for the elements under compression and a sophisticated cable-network that works under tension, the project consists of a skeleton on which additional sub-systems (floors, envelope, circulation) are attached to synthesize a prototypical parametric tower system.