Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Autonomous Architecture Idea No. 3: Twist the Building
A FEW YEARS AGO, I wrote, "Buildings that lean! What will they think of next?" I didn't realize at the time that it was one of the primary principles of Autonomous Architecture: Tilt the Building, Slice the Building, Raise the Corner of the Building, and, of course, Twist the Building.
It's cute, but novelty has its limitations (see posts below).
BTW, the base is a landmarked building.
V&V: 1st Annual Slouching Towards Alphaville Award
V&V: Something Leaning, Something Blue, Something Bulging, Something NEW!
V&V: Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in!
V&V: Live from New York - Starchitecture at Lincoln Center
Curbed NY: Steely Damn! High Line's Newest Neighbor Unveiled to Critics
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Posted by: duo at Nov 3, 2010 2:00:01 PM
Many years ago I overheard two of my tutors critiquing another students design for a railway station. He had designed a very solid, calm looking structure of parallel arcades. Their main criticism was that transport buildings should be about energy and motion, all I could think was "But the station isn't going anywhere!"
Posted by: Austen Redman at Nov 4, 2010 5:31:03 PM
Because technology allows such buildings to be built I guess we should expect more of them. But one has to wonder the value of such things. Humans generally sit and stand 'straight' and there are good reasons for NOT living and working in such a thing. Smack! goes your head on a curving door where you don't expect it to be. The added expense of curving everything must be considerable. But as a pedestrian and unlikely future employee in such a structure, I have to the thing looks pretty cool. The High Line area is an appropriate location for the sort of experiments–but I would prefer such things weren't built on/inside of a landmarked structures. Seems academic now that it's likely been killed. The principle of not letting developers mess with landmarked buildings is a good one. There must be some vacant lots around the city in need of a torqued building.
Posted by: Troy Torrison at Nov 17, 2010 10:27:55 AM