Twisting Tower and Spiral Station / HCCH Studio
Twisting Tower and Spiral Station are two buildings of the Shanghai Lingang Ecological Restoration Venture, positioned 10 kilometers aside alongside the shoreline. They show the potential for infrastructure as a landmark, that not solely serves for ecological functions but in addition attracts public consideration to environmental points by the visible expression of technical components. From an architectural perspective, additionally they try and discover financial and intriguing options by taking minimal formal manipulation.
Twisting Tower is an ecological infrastructure that mixes two capabilities: Carbon Flux Monitoring and Sea Degree Alert. The previous is usually a slender metal tower with a number of platforms at completely different ranges for putting and retrieving monitoring gear, offering air high quality monitoring, local weather change commentary, fowl watching, in addition to information assortment and storage capabilities. The latter is often a concrete cylinder that makes use of high lighting to point dynamic ocean tides and problem storm surge warnings. Initially deliberate as separate buildings in two places, the consumer determined to mix them into one tower standing 20 meters tall to function a landmark throughout the area.
We included twisting motions at each ends of the tower to suggest its twin performance whereas facilitating hanging detection units in numerous orientations. The primary metal construction is enveloped by vertical steel louvers on all sides which create an ambiguous sense of scale when seen from an unlimited limitless coast. Solely upon approaching can the inner metal staircase be glimpsed by the louver gaps.
As a 3m x 2m rectangular footprint, the plan reduces to 2m x 2m after being twisted by 25 levels. 4-meter-height LED mild strips are embedded on the highest louvers, that are used for sea stage alerts. Carbon flux measurement units are put in on the 2 platforms beneath – six meters and twelve meters in top respectively.
Spiral Station is an offshore ecological monitoring station positioned 200 meters away from the shore, offering primary monitoring capabilities for hydrology, meteorology, water high quality, and so forth. Floating alone on the ocean, the Spiral Station can solely be reached by way of a 20-span bridge. In accordance with the transient, the standard dimension of the primary station ought to be inside 11 meters by 11 meters. Different affiliated amenities embrace a bridge, collision safety piles, tidal commentary wells, and water sampling holes.
The default massing of an offshore monitoring station is a concrete field with stairs connecting all ranges and a local weather tower stands on high of the roof. Contemplating its distant location and wind load, the proposal shifts the cubic quantity right into a cylinder with a spiral gesture, whereas avoiding any ornamental parts. An eight-meter diameter round plan is adopted with vertical circulation wrapping on its periphery. A two-meter huge slope spirals up from floor stage all alongside till reaching the roof stage, resembling a winding ribbon. One finish connects to land, and the opposite results in the local weather tower standing on an anti-collision pile. The station enjoys an open plan with no interruption and quick access to the rooftop working platform.
Twisting Tower and Spiral Station attempt to transcend the essential paradigm of infrastructure by rethinking this system and taking minimal gestures, creating twin sculptures on the seaside and the ocean.