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  • huaxi urban centre tower

    huaxi urban centre tower
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    tom WISCOMBE: this project revisits the problem of architecturalizing tower infrastructural systems. rather than expressing the literal image of technology, the goal is to create technological ambience. this ambience is defined by translucency, shrouding, and exotic lighting and color effects. but it is also the result of hybridizing mechanical systems with other building systems in a way that cross-wires traditional hierarchies and produces synergetic forms.

    the point of departure for the design was to allow ductwork to migrate out of the central core toward the exterior. the glass envelope begins to take on duct behavior by delaminating to create pleats where air can flow. these pleats branch and run across the building facades, linking to floor plenums on each level at several locations along the perimeter.

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