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
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
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
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.
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
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’’.