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  • Synopsis

    Let’s imagine a world without borders, a world which vicinity isn’t dependent on geographical or cultural regions. A world in which the real and the virtual intertwine to become one. Imagine a worldwide section plane that gathers people, spaces and emotional landscapes from all around the globe into a defined physical space . Re thinking of the skyscraper’s essence brings to mind a great deal of spatial, sociological, technological and urban issues. The main questions we decided to explore were:

    A. Does a city’s municipal orders apply to the skyscraper’s high levels in the manner it applies to its lower levels?

    B. Is it possible to provide individual values to certain living spaces in a tower and not lose the essential social interaction between tenants?

    C. What is the sustainability potential of the skyscraper in the 21St century?

    The way in which skyscrapers are built around the world today and especially in Israel derives from the modular building perception of - Form Follows Function. In our opinion this approach blocks possibilities of new architectural spaces, though it does provide an efficient functional solution to the ever-growing density of the population in the 21St century metropolitan.

    Dizengoff Street is an important central axis in the city of Tel-Aviv which connects it’s central and northern areas. Dizengoff square is located in the first 1/3Rd of the street and known to be an important historical urban landmark (more so in the past as it’s original planning did not separate between the pedestrian and transportation). The current neglected state of the square has raised an architectural dispute that debates the square’s revival possibilities. In an area where skyscrapers dominate the city’s silhouette it is logical to assume that the square will transform and become a vertical entity.

    Following the same logic the vicinity’s planning principle is also being challenged. The human representation and the way we interact with each other in the 21St century have changed dramatically, as interaction is developing virtual characteristics which require new architectural solutions.

    The urban tension induced in place, and the two key issues mentioned above provide the platform to rethink the nature of the 21St century skyscraper.

    Project Concept

    The project examines the possibility of developing a technological system that would allow skyscrapers of its kind to produce new states of neighborliness, IE similar to the cloud systems on the Internet (server->www->client). The architectural cloud system would allow one regardless of its physical location to rent / buy a space in a foreign building where he could share his life experiences with other local tenants of the building in which the system resides.

    Infiltrating light into the skyscraper’s interior’s led to a metaphorical thinking of the central space of the building as a "Source" that nurtures the different needs of the building. The architectural characteristic of such space would enable the positioning of the architectural cloud system which holds a great deal of sustainable potential. Such potential would be generated by a solar system which would provide converted photoelectric energy to all the apartments.

    The perception of space as a "Source" takes form as a main atrium with small public spaces spreading on its route. Light further serves as source for: digital libraries, meeting places and Internet service providers. As an essential part of the technological system a self-sufficient unit would be developed as an architectural cloud system and as an energy transfer terminal. The unit would be located on the building’s façade so that it could be exposed to direct sun light.

    The design perception of the building is inspired by the aesthetics of recycled materials\element that would render the appearance of construction ‘’sublime’’.