Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 50
By Christopher William Reeves
Hello again everyone! Welcome back to Touring the World of Architecture. Here are some of the most intriguing stories from the architectural world this week. We have SOM’s wind tower, OMA’s win in Miami, Form4’s cylindrical design, a tower with a car elevator and a cool mirror timelapse video.
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SOM To Build Wind Harnessing Tower
The American firm of architects, engineers, interior designers and planners, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – otherwise known as SOM – has this week unveiled a marvelous looking 500 meter tower that when built in 2020 will become a new icon in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. Built for the state-owned oil and gas firm Pertaminia, the building will – somewhat contradicting it’s owners business model – host a wind funnel to capture wind energy for clean electrical production. The site will also host a Mosque, energy plant, sports fields and parade ground. Lets hope this fantastic looking building is realised!
Image © SOM
Form4 Architecture impress in Taiwan
The San Francisco based Form4 Architecture have won the 2013 WAN Civic Buildings Competition for their futuristic looking city center design. With over 46 international entries for the ‘Future Schemes’ category Form4 impressed the judges with it’s pod like masterplan which includes a huge vertical library and cylindrical museum.
This Week’s Win
OMA Wins Development Project in Miami
In connection with this years Design Miami, it was revealed that OMA won a competition for a mid-rise residential development project in Coconut Grove, Miami. They beat harsh competition from Jean Nouvel and Diller Scofidio + Renfro among others.
OMA proposed six condominium corncob-like towers on a terraced site with space for a wide range of different functions. To ensure that the towers would not create a wall-like division of the area, their facades are translucent and porous.
So now, OMA will get the chance to out-shine little brother BIG, who recently won the bid to build a couple of twisting towers at the site of the former Grand Hotel in Coconut Grove.
Back in Miami… Its not the most spectacular architectural marvel but its got a lift for cars so who cares! Straight out of a hollywood action, thriller, adventure movie this new apartment building will host a car elevator enabling you to drive straight into your living room! The 60 story building designed by Gil Dezer, a condo magnet and Porsche Design Group has already sold most of the apartments and some media outlets report that 22 ‘billionaires’ have already snapped up the best rooms! I wonder how my banged up fiat punto would look in there!?
This Week’s Video
Mirror City, directed, filmed and edited by Michael Shainblum, is a visual story through some of the great American cities: Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. It’s a fascinating look at familiar scenery endlessly reflecting itself.