Bridge Towers in Forest by Hao Gan
april 16, 2011
sportcenter in bridge
parking in bridge
The studio addresses the question of the prototype. Which role can it play in a context, which is characterized mainly through the perspective of the moving car? Along Zurich’s motorway ring, the students were asked to design an archetypical high-rise building next to a fictive motorway service area. In a highly suburbanized surrounding, a tower of original – not fancy – character had to be developed. In order to withstand the difficult context of a landscape divided up into small sections and to achieve a landmark status for the tower, the building needed a certain height. The design had to be worked out by first developing a conceptual bearing structure. It required exploration of an individual typology and the generation of the building’s form through its structure rather than by adapting a structure to a fancy form. The students were to develop their own programming for the tower; the only criteria provided was a multi-use, hybrid proposal which would take into consideration the private and public requirements of such a structure.
The base is located in the forest, and the highway divides the forest into two parts. I set up a bridge across the highway to connect the divided two parts of forest. At eachside of the bridge stands a skyscraper. The bridge has two levels, the first level is the parking for autos, the second level is the public space and features, such as coffee, sports center. The highrises at both ends of the bridge are residential housing. So that when people are driving in highway, they are below the forest. When parking in the bridge, they are in the forest. When being at home, they are above the forest.