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Thin Skyscraper
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About

A concept for a temporary, flexible, prefabricated building for users in need of immediate shelter.

Detailed Description:
The Thin Skyscraper is a potentially impermanent high rise building constructed with prefabricated elements, characterised by a small footprint and extreme flexibility. It is intended as a tool for urban planning that is at the same time socially committed, affordable and poetic, thereby positively contributing to the lives of people. The positive socio-economic impact of the Thin Skyscraper is a “beautiful act” and thus a manifestation of its intrinsic and non rhetoric sustainability.

Known drawbacks of design:
-

Website:
http://www.radar-amsterdam.com/ThinSkyscraper.html

Designed in:
2012

Status of realization:
Other

Challenge(s):
Co-existence, Environment, Habitation, Urbanization

Region of use:
Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America

Form/Impact/Context

Form
The Thin Skyscraper is a potentially temporary, prefabricated building with the fundamental characteristic of being built on a footprint of only 12 x 12 meters. From a vertical volume (12 x 12 m and variable in height) a series of cantilevered elements protrudes, helping to increase the usable area of the skyscraper. Those elements have different lengths and are rotated with respect to the central axis of the building. This, in addition to facilitating maximum exposure to sunlight, allows a multiplicity of external views from inside of the skyscraper. Regarding the architectural composition, the combination of cantilevered volumes can always be different, giving rise to almost endless morphological variations. Normally, the term prefabrication is associated with cheap, repetitive, boring, anonymous, dull. Our aim is to change this association: each Thin Skyscraper, although having a bold iconography, will always be unique.

Impact
The Thin Skyscraper can be constructed and dismantled with great ease and speed and is thus suitable for users in need of immediate shelter, for example in the case of natural disasters or sudden population migrations related to globalization. The Thin Skyscraper has also a fundamental characteristic required by contemporary society: it is flexible in use. Thanks to its small footprint it can be erected exactly where needed, according to a particular socio-economic situation. Also, the capital investment in land on which to build the structure can be lower. The open floor plans are also extremely flexible, thus easily adapt to different necessities. If after a number of years the circumstances have changed drastically, the Thin Skyscraper has the potential to be disassembled, avoiding a possible deterioration of the building and the surroundings. The individual elements that compose it can then be reassembled elsewhere with the same high rise configuration or in different ways.

Context
The concept of high rise buildings is often associated with luxury, and skyscrapers are in most cases home to big corporations or exclusive apartments. Our goal is to invert this trend. As an example, we have chosen 4 groups of people, which are the target of the Thin Skyscraper: global nomads - people who change cities frequently following the flow of work, victims of natural disasters, students looking for affordable and comfortable dormitories, and young companies with limited budgets. All the characteristics of the building (thin footprint, prefabrication, temporariness and flexibility) are designed to create a tool for urban planning, at the same time socially committed, affordable and poetic - therefore aiming to improve the lives of people in times of globalization and crisis in the international financial market. We consider the positive socio-economic impact of the Thin Skyscraper a beautiful act and thus a manifestation of its intrinsic and non rhetoric sustainability.

Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
none

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Personal investment

Is there a plan for future investments?
No

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Yes

Credits

Designed by:
Marco de Piaggi

Title/Role:
project architect

Website:
www.radar-amsterdam.com

Professional status of designer:
Architect

Nationality:
Italy

City/Country of residence:
Amsterdam NL

Name of company:
Radar Architecture & Art

Designed by:
Weronika Wawrzyniak

Title/Role:
designer

Website:
nisja.carbonmade.com

Professional status of designer:
Artist

Nationality:
Poland

City/Country of residence:
Amsterdam NL

Name of company:
Nisja