A new proposal for a spiral skyscraper in New York City may look like something out of a Marvel comic book, but it could be a very real solution to poor indoor air quality and unsustainable energy use in the city that never sleeps.
Located just south of the World Trade Center, San Francisco-based architectural firm IwamotoScott Architecture has designed a new proposal for a 41-acre site as part of an economic study for Greenwich South.
This Edgar Street Towers dramatically twist upward into intertwining structures. The architects envision a pair of lungs providing healthy airflow to the body. The two buildings begin with separate bases, straddling Edgar Street and spiraling upward with Yin and Yang semblance to the point at which they become conjoined momentarily, just before disentangling once again as they race for the sky.
The towers are designed to be encased in a skin that would provide the buildings with solar shading, wind resistance and other environmental benefits. A light-transmitting fiber optic array attracts natural daylight to the towers, which is stored and converted into the power the building needs to light up during the night.
Where the buildings separate from each other far above the ground is a system of bio-filtration terrarium floors. The specially-designed system allows for fresh garden air to infiltrate occupied spaces and deliver clean air to the building’s inhabitants.
The spiraling skyscrapers rise 1,300 feet into the air and are designed for maximum usage, with space enough for offices, residences, retail space, performance and art quarters, a public library, civic space and even a rooftop lobby.
The towers may be twisted in shape, but the concept of bringing smart, eco-friendly design to a major metropolitan area is straight-on genius.
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