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  • Acid Tower


    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
    critic: Ferda KOLATAN.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Emilija LANDSBERGIS: At the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, on the Manhattan side, a mixed-use tower is proposed that hybridizes the existing program of the tunnel infrastructure and residential units.

    The tunnel ventilation composes the bottom floors of the tower and combines with the mechanical and ventilation systems of the residential section of the tower.

    On the ground, the traffic is reorganized into tubes that exit into a false facade that sits at the existing parking structure. The ground is then opened up to reclaim space and becomes retopologized in order to create a platform on which the curved geometry of the base object can sit. The tunnels are released from the base tower object that holds the connections to the tunnels and their ventilation units.

    The tower is based off of hybridized extruded aluminum profiles as tower typologies are generally characterized by extrusion. At the base of the tower, the extruded profiles house the mechanical functions and the circulation to the residential units. The residential portion of the tower then gets carved through boolean difference operations of oblique cuts to create unique spatial experiences within the tower and a distinct graphic pattern displayed to the downtown skyline.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?

    EL & MA: Ferda Kolatan, Speculative Realist Philosophy and artists Thomas Demand and Patricia Piccinini.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:

    EL & MA: Reading: Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World by Timothy Morton, Listening: Aphex Twin, Boiler Room Sets, Watching: The Muppet Babies & The Cremaster Cycle

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:

    EL & MA: su11, Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Casey Rehm, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Young and Ayata, Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY, Robert Stuart Smith, Testa Weiser, Preliminary Research Office, Atelier Manfredini, Pita Bloom, C-A-P, Jason Payne, The Bittertang Farm, NMDA, Future Cities Lab, Endemic, Murmur, Fitchwork, Francis Bitonti, Mark Foster Gage and Gilles Restin.

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