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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:27cat

New York Tomorrow Skyscraper Proposal

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The proposal includes a lobby that extends out over the building next door The proposal includes a lobby that extends out over the building next door Fundamental

New York Tomorrow, submitted by architects from the firm Fundamental, recently received runner-up honors in Metropolis Magazine’s Living Cities Competition.  The magazine’s competition is open to students and professionals and calls for proposals for multi-use residential towers for the 21st century. The building lot for New York Tomorrow is located on East 68th Street in New York City. The design overcomes the lot’s small site size (18 by 70 feet) by cantilevering the tower’s lobby out over a neighboring building. The design relies on revolutionary structural design technology and a unique multi-purpose space to draw in potential residents.

The lobby space that cantilevers over the neighboring building would be accessible by elevators and be open to the public. The elevators would also lead up to the residential units located above the lobby. According to the architects, the building is supported at its base by a grouping of mega columns that in turn support the ribbed frame of the lobby space. The upper floors are built using story-high staggered trusses, which keep them clear of intrusive columns. The building’s skin also minimizes solar heating and the building is oriented in a way that uses wind flow for passive ventilation.

The proposals for the design competition were required to use a steel structural system, be 30 to 40 stories, and be located in one of the five boroughs of New York.  The winner of the competition received $10,000. Click here to see the winning submission and some of the other runner up proposals.

Sources: Arch DailyMetropolis Magazine

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