‘Human Castell’ tower proposal turns the traditional skyscraper inside out

Posted On Tue, April 11, 2017 By

Posted On Tue, April 11, 2017 By In Architecture

Evolo has announced the winners of its 2017 Skyscraper Competition, and though projects specific to NYC didn’t take the top spots this year, several of the honorable mentions looked at new ways to build high-rise projects in New York. This one, the Human Castell Skyscraper, comes from a New Zealand-based team who wanted to address the question “where does art end and architecture begin?” Inspired by the castells of ancient Catalonia, the designers eliminated exterior walls for the Midtown tower to open its insides out towards the city, tapping into the history of architecture using sculptural expression to speak of its inhabitants’ “myths and tales.”

Tamin Song, Jin Woo Kuk, Sun Hee Yoo, Bruce Han, Gangmin Yoo, and Jun Sun Baek describe the thought process behind Human Castell:

It presents a concrete and very solid depiction of our society as it is: the fear, the pain, the joy, and the excitement. Each layer enriching the other to finally become the most raw, unobstructed representation of who we are and what our stories create. At last breathing a much needed sense of identity and emotion into the grey city.

They propose using CNC machines to 3D print the building’s reinforced concrete forms, which “retain the bespoke quality of traditional sculptures” such as domes, columns, and gates. They also divide the tower into three architectural representations of human emotions–anger, delight, and distress.

See all the winners and honorable mentions on Evolo >>


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