When There Is No Sky Left

When There Is No Sky Left

Recently throughout the architectural world there has been a debate on whether the skyscraper is the way forward. The skyscraper has been a staple building in architecture since the 1800’s. They range in style and form immensely, and are always on the forefront of modern design. However the basic form has always stayed the same,

October 14, 2010

Recently throughout the architectural world there has been a debate on whether the skyscraper is the way forward. The skyscraper has been a staple building in architecture since the 1800’s. They range in style and form immensely, and are always on the forefront of modern design. However the basic form has always stayed the same, so now architects are calling for something new, something revolutionary. Well today i’m going to have a brief look at two of the very latest proposals for the modern day skyscraper, one more traditional, and the other totally different.

Sheik Zayed Library

The first piece of architecture I want to look at is this fabulous concept by the internationally reknowned architect practice, Cheungvogl. The concept is meant to symbolize the city of Dubai, metaphoricaly speaking, as a flower growing out of the desert ground. The form of the skyscraper obviously lends itself to this concept.

This rationale of using nature as inspiration doesnt stop there, the materials used to construct it will be inspired by simple bamboo. We understand that the structure is made up of multiple strands of fibre, tightly knitted together, identical to the make-up of the fibre in bamboo. This has been scientifically proven to provide greater strength for such a slender building.

This slender, delicate piece will stand out like a sore thumb when placed between all the other bulky skyscrapers already built in Dubai, something I assume the designers were planning on. Its definitely designed to create a stir, and in my opinion its pushing the boundaries once again.

Above, Below by Matthew Fromboluti

Fromboluti’s concept challenges what a skyscraper actually is, in essence hes created a skyscraper underground. Rather then going up into the sky, the building delves deeper into the earth. This interesting idea came about when he was trying to work out how to use the land left by a pit mine in the desert outside Brisbee, Arizona. The project proposes that the 900-foot deep and nearly 300-acre wide crater left by the former Pit Mine be in filled with a structure that will hold living and working areas, and green space for farming and recreation.

The concept is a total reverse of what the designers of skyscrapers are normally trying to achieve. The whole idea of skyscraper is to make use of the limited space left in cities, but at the same time create a building which says “look at me,  look at how rich and powerful we are”, this in reverse is trying to hide the whole building itself, and heal the landscape around it. Its a refreshing look at how architects should be viewing the natural world, a far cry from the childish “tallest building” race which has been going on for the past 100 years.

Enough about what i think. I’m interested on your thoughts on these two concept projects. Which is the most forward thinking? Which is the most attractive piece? Where do you think skyscraper design will be in 20 years time? Let us know by leaving us a quick reply here or via our facebook.