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This is a set of greater than 40 initiatives accomplished via the Copenhagen-based structure enterprise among 2001 and 2010. This particular presentation in their profitable tasks introduces the reader to their belief technique and the results.
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On the ground, it would be obvious to create an almost medieval pattern of alleys and shortcuts, meandering through the site to connect all the adjacent streets and squares. For the top, it would be natural to stick to a Miesian orthogonal grid of patio houses to achieve the required minimum of square metres. During the irst site visit in August, the blazing heat was overwhelming. To maximize the residential programme as well, the width of the streets was reduced from 4 meters at the bottom to 1 metre at the top.
Structure? Above a certain height the primary structural challenge of a tower shifts from gravity loads to wind loads, from vertical to horizontal stress. As a result, most skyscrapers are built like thick columns providing an equivalent foothold to a given wind load: square plans with deep dark spaces. When asked to do a Scandinavian skyscraper with views and daylight in abundance, we decided on giving it a slim volume: a thin slab with minimal distance between the façades. The thin slab is as structurally complicated as it is visually simple.
All the functions of the Circus City are incorporated into the natural topography by transforming it into a stepped landscape of varying heights. Small steps are to create accessibility and bigger steps to allow transparency. By turning the landscape inside/ out hillside terraces become overhang, while slope becomes entrance canopy. The manmade “cliff” creates space for the main performance hall and lobby inside. To the North, a valley is sunken into the hillside allowing all the animals to get light and fresh air.
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