Versatile Tower in NYC

By:  | February - 6 - 2010

Project submitted to the 2006 Skyscraper Competition
Thomas Coldefy, Isabel Van Haute


Versatile Tower aims to achieve the vertical layout of its horizontal environment composed of mixed program building blocks and public open spaces such as streets, plazas, and landscape. Its transcription to a vertical layout defines a new “City Grid” animated with similar components. Its occupants find a familiar way (horizontal city) of circulating and interacting by mixing programs throughout the tower.

The skin of the building provides an interaction with the outside world. It is composed of a series of tubes equipped with sensors and LED lights. It reduces the use of thermal energy by blocking and harvesting the sun light depending on the building requirements. It could also be used as an enormous billboard for advertising.



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