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Andrew Hite

Andrew Hite

New York, NY, US

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Thesis 2009

The idea was to design a multi-use tower that attempts at engaging the user with a variety of options of interaction at multiple levels. The building is placed 300 ft. from Chicago in Lake Michigan to distinguish the tower from the city. With the separation from the city, the tower is attempting to become an example of a virtual vertical city. The structure is actually four thin towers in a diamond surrounding an atrium. The towers themselves hold only the uses and the elevators, ramps, and stairs are located on the interior in the atrium. The towers themselves consist of cells of varying heights and widths created by a pattern of two interacting shapes in a 12’ x 12’ grid. These cells house the multiple uses in the structure and can be converted into any use that the inhabitants need. The cells can also connect to the ones surrounding it to increase the size of the space that the inhabitants use. The elevators and stairs are scattered around the four towers so as a way to deviate from the typical elevator banks seen in most high-rises. They are stepped away from the four towers and con- nect to them by a series of bridges throughout the atrium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Chicago Harbor, IL

 
Interior Shot
Ground Floor
Upshot
Upshot
Tower & Bridge
Tower & Bridge
Downshot
Downshot

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