Coordinated by : Allan Atlee
Experience the nature’s detail
In order to articulate the building to become intensive, the cooperation between the built form and the natural environment should impose potential in building continuity, but at the same time offering the link between natural form the built form in which the architecture occupies the natural environment.
Man has always accentuated the image of the dense natural ecosystem into becoming the connection with the built form as the antic suspended gardens of Babylon.Contemporary, Ken Yang and Daniel Libeskind have deployed the same necessity into green towers, but also in the necessity to cross-operate and cross-programme spaces which interact with the natural environment which provides the linkage for the consumer, to aspire efficient energy consumption.
The architecture of Centre Point it is not connected with the natural environment. It is a static vertical entity which oppresses the nature into interacting with it.
In order for the Centre Point to be articulated and deployed into dwellings, the design should accommodate the weather conditions. To better articulate the need for light, clear air would assimilate the needs into being interlinked between different modules and floors whiting the interior qualities of the building.
The competition between different modules of the building is therefore accommodating the need to become efficient by providing support for developing competition within integrated activities of the built form. The developed competition should articulate the needs of the consumer which articulates the contemporary society.
FIG. 1 London, Elephant and Castle – Green towers (Yang, Ken)
The competition in articulating the activity patterns of the Centre Point building to become the inter-link between landscape and architectural form. The activity patterns of the building should accommodate spaces which would engage the building into articulating the needs of the consumer, as well as providing the an elevated garden to Central London, where the diversity of systems and ecosystems becomes one system.
The Centre Point is offering stunning views around the city from the top floors of the tower, and as it is being visible from Kensington Gardens alleyways. The peak of the tower would aspire conceptual landscape, plasticity intersecting vertical geometry. The plasticity would generate the connection with environment, it would blend the image of the Centre Point into becoming the whole continuum.
“In ecosystems, species’ cooperation and competition are interlinked and held in balance so that the system permits independent activity on the part of each individual of a species, yet cooperatively meshes the activity patterns of all species.” (Yang, Ken 2006:51)
As Ken Yeang (2006) points here the cooperation and competition between species is essential within the ecosystems. The cooperation permits the activities of individual species, in this case of different modules throughout the building, to cooperatively become the link between habitat and architecture.
The necessity in dealing with specific climatic conditions, would imply forms of innovation in programmatic requirements such as water, air, heath; which articulate the connection between habitat and environment.
The plasticity of landscape would transfer the formal fluidity of the natural environment into patterns, where the distribution of the natural environment would create the articulation with biodiversity; species which share the same should provide essential fertile places for interbreeding as Ken Yang (2006) points out.
The verticality of Centre Point would inspire diversity in emerging dwellings engaging the high-breeding coefficient of the tower to aspires less energy consume, providing clearer air.
FIG. 2 New York – Green towers (Liebeskind. Daniel)
The support towards a constant air temperature, is to generate and rejuvenate the quality of the air within interior space. This would enable the building to naturally bread the air changes from the exterior and to naturally ventilate the air quality of the interior. The quality of the air is essential in providing to the building the support in redirecting and embed the natural ecologies into air stability.
‘Vertical landscape also represent a conceptual shift toward a synthesis between landscape and architecture; building façades as an example, can be embedded with emergent, active and responsive skins. The non-living architectural structure may provide support for vegetal growth, elevated circulation, and opportunities to integrate irrigation, lighting and technology.'(Margolis and Robinson, 2007:14)
As Margolis and Robinson (2007) points here the conceptual shift towards a synthesis incorporating landscape and architecture would emerge into becoming the active skin of the building which provides support for growth, elevated circulation lighting and technology. This will enable the building to transfer the architectural structure into becoming the elevated garden itself, by providing growth support for plants and insects, which will enable to the ecosystem to self generate and articulate within its interior qualities.
‘In typologies such as hanging gardens , tensile vine structures and multi-tiered green façades emerges from the desire to expand the definition of landscape solely as a horizontal ground plane, and capitalizes on the inherent plasticity of plants to adapt and redirect their growth toward any supporting surface or source of nutrition, light and water.’ (Margolis and Robinson, 2007:14)
To redirect patterns as water, light and air to the interior qualities of the building, should be the ‘ highly articulated matrix of cables, loggias, walkways, stairs and irrigation’ (Margolis and Robinson, 2007:14). This will enable to the interior quality of the building to cross-operate between floors, by transferring heath and clearer air from one floor where a high-dense programme is operating such as restaurant, which releases high quantities of hot air. The garden insertion within space should provide a faster natural recycle of the air.
The cross operation between similar modules of the building should naturally ventilate, as well as regenerate the air and heath quality.
The high heath coefficient of the office floors, restaurant, shopping should transfer the heath into naturally ventilated gardens, where the quality of the air is recycled and cooled.
‘With each year, the vegetation consumes more of the skeletal steel structure, which slowly recedes into breathing, rustling colour shifting and growing materiality. ‘(Margolis and Robinson, 2007:16)
As Margolis and Robinson (2007) point here, each ear the vegetation consumes the structure as a virus, and the building is becoming the breeding mechanism as well as naturally enriched variations within colour, depending on the season.
FIG. 3 Edit tower (Yang, Ken)
The vegetation should provide for the centre point the variation in colour shifting between seasons as well as the breeding mechanism, in which the solid concrete structure of the building should impose potential into becoming the environmental link between the natural ecosystem and the built form.
The implementation of passive systems throughout the building should enable the link to become the wharf of living ecology where the impact on energy consumption is reduced.
The Centre Point should articulate the competition between the natural ecologies, nor neglecting and oppressing the interbreeding. The tower should help to create and conserve as much energy within its interior space, as well as integrating the natural ecosystems, assimilating the strategy for saving energy by implementing passive systems, which will enable the building to become the link with the natural environment, where the consumer experiences the nature’s detail into built form.
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