Skyscraper in New York
by Fabio Palvelli & Stefan Niedermair
May 28, 2011
Architecture students: Fabio Palvelli and Stefan Niedermair
University: Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
Professor: no supervising professor
Time: Summer sem. 2011
Category: skyscraper, commercial building
This project was designed by observing the environmental sources of energy over the site which is located in downtown New York. The program and content of this structure was then adapted to the solar gain zoning created with an Ecotect analysis. In this case the architectural sustainable idea is challenged by the actual energy information extracted on site. After we started to compare these building performances we started to define specific functions for all the areas of the structure by using as a reference our energy analysis. Conceptual manipulation of the NY Grid were then explored in order to achieve a certain iconic form which in the case of Manhattan it deals also with the idea of durability in aesthetics. The final question was: "Can a sustainable building be only the product of environmental factors? More important, would this influence the architecture of it and the appearances making it look boring?"
The answers are yes and no! A building can be derived by its energy diagrams and this does not mean that the deriving architecture will be necessarily not interesting!
submitted on Fri. May 20, 2011
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