suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
anthony STAHL + david LEE: This tower is a frame-work for a new vertical city. Containing roadways, open plazas and parks; the nature and function of the ‘tower’ is to provide unlimited potential for new urban and vertical environment. By respecting the communal aspects of the city while
allowing growth, this new urban frame-work challenges the frozen and static quality of current tower typology. The architecture within the tower develops over time, creating a dynamic composition of vertical neighborhoods that grow around and into one another. Sub-public and private spaces evolve organically, creating complex urban spaces similar to those of historic Mexico. The meaning of the tower is a living being that breathes in the city and is truly defined by Mexican culture and people.
The “housing tower” must both address the larger issues of identity and the smaller, more personal-scale issues of dwelling and living. We therefore approached this prototypical tower design as an urban design solution. Key components of Mexico’s urban fabric are retained and shifted vertically into a new three-dimensional urban organizational grid, becoming the new framework for Mexico City. The street is sloped, shifted, and expanded in response to sunlight, wind, adjacencies and population density. Main public roads are widened for commercial program and connect to the major parks and plazas. Zoned like a city, the tower follows proper ratios of built, to open, to green space. A new vertical ‘metro’ of elevators connects the main social spaces and links directly to the metro line beneath the site
allowing inhabitants to quickly travel to the various barrios in the tower and the rest of the city. The neighborhood is organized, yet macrobiotic, creating fascinating spatial situations never before seen
in the urban context. The Barrio de los Paracaidistas is a true vertical city- a place of exploration and intrigue for future Mexico City to thrive from.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aS + dL: Gordon Cullen’s “Townscape”, Christopher Alexander’s “A Pattern
Language”, BIG’s “Yes is More”
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aS + dL: Emshhh Radio, Thievery Corporation, Dzihan & Kamien
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aS + dL: Herzog and deMueron, Terreform 1, MVRDV, The Hyper-Rationalists: BIG, AMO/OMA, REX