The master thesis project by Gabriel Mihalea, done at University of Architecture and Urban Planning “Ion Mincu” in Bucharest, Romania, deals with the existing situation in Hudson Yards, Manhattan, as it registers three separately functioning areas: residential, commercial and industrial. The current situation therefore results in a mixture of typologies, further generating a process of hybridization. The design was greatly influenced by the logic of Seagram building and its relation to the podium, which acts as a connection pod.
The author advocates that the important feature of any tall building, especially in Manhattan were a dense array of vertical entities living among one another, is the objects identity. The building he proposes earns its identity through not only through its hybridized typology, but through its innovative exterior. The aesthetics will be heavily influenced by the kinetic double-skin facade, which in itself serves a dual purpose: on the one side it gives a sustainable solution for natural air ventilation and sun control of the interior spaces within the tower, but on the other side it creates a dynamic architectural expression, granting the building the potential to generate different facades within every hour in the day.
In addition to the experiential qualities, the plaza is based on using water as a fundamental element that animates the entire public space. The volume of water is pierced by the main axis which brings people from the public street-scape to and above the secondary axis while eventually uniting the two blocks underneath the plinth with the plaza.
To commemorate the 9th Annual Skyscraper Competition, eVolo is publishing the Limited Edition Book "eVolo Skyscrapers 2" which is the follow-up to its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The 628-page book examines 150 projects received during the last years of the competition. Only 1000 copies are available worldwide.