2006 Skyscraper Competition
Gonzalo Pardo, Susana Velasco, Victoria González
When you visit Manhattan as a tourist you keep the city in your memory as a series of fragments, bodies, perceptions, sounds, and atmospheres. The position of everything is engraved in your memory; a new psycho-geographic map of the city is born. We have chosen seven fragments of Manhattan, (5th Avenue, Broadway, piers, Financial District, Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park), that could be thought about as individual cities; autonomous bodies, landscapes, and infrastructures.
With the use of manipulating and folding mechanisms we look for overlaps that cause hybrid conditions and programmatic impurities. The result is a tapestry of accidents engineered by our memory.
When the defined fragments are folded into loops, a new city (skyscraper) full of intersections and possibilities emerges; a vertical three dimensional network. Instead of a conventional pile of floors, each level and section connect with different programs and situations in the upper and lower areas. In that way, all planes could be connected at least by one trajectory. The pile of folded surfaces would create a complex landscape, where program, circulation, and structure are one.
A skyscraper as an intensified vertical landscape emerges.