Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Pavements in the Sky
2005, University of Nottingham, Professor Antony Wood
"Let us throw away sidewalks, arcades, steps... lets us raise the level of the city."
                                                                                              - Sant Elia, Futurist Manifesto 1914
 
The subject for this project is the creation of a series of skyscrapers on different sites across the City of London, connected by a network of ‘skybridges’. The skybridge linkages break down the stereotype of the tall building as an isolationist icon, and offers rich experiential opportunities and fire evacuation efficiencies. Each student designed their tall building individually – deriving the programmatic brief from a study of site and precedent - and then worked collaboratively with peers on adjoining sites to design the skybridges.

The project began with a fieldtrip to London, and incorporated a structural experimentation exercise titled ‘
Skyscrapers in Spaghetti’. A 1:500 physical site model of the City was created as a testing platform for design development and for presentation purposes at the final review.

The Pavements in the Sky final projects incorporate a wide range of design agendas; these include a project looking to recreate the scale and feel of low-rise urban streets within a high-rise building, a project that leans out its residential floors allowing sun and light to infiltrate into atria behind and a design inspired by the abstract compositions of the De Stijl movement.

 

London Tours
Site Studies
'Skyscrapers in Spaghetti'
Design Reviews


 
SiteModel

Physical Model
 
As part of the Pavements in the Sky design research project, a 1:500 site model of the City of London was created as a testing platform for design development and to show case the new urban vision for the city.


ResidentialConnection  

Residential Connection
Mark Gregory

 
This project explores ideas in Le Corbusier’s Unite d’habitation and Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower. Residential duplex units allow communal corridors every three floors, and interlock in both plan and section.

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SunScoop

Sun Scoop
Philip Oldfield
 
The idea behind this scheme – shown perfectly in the concept sketch – is to ‘lean out’ the residential floors, thus allowing sun and light to infiltrate into the atria voids behind.

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StreetsSky  

Streets in the Sky
Neil Scroxton
 
This design approach captures the scale and feel of the adjoining Leadenhall Market and recreates this as a series of ‘streets in the sky’.

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StructBoxes  

Structural Boxes
Dan Parry Davies
 
This project exploits the opportunities for major structural systems that tall buildings offer. The residential communities are contained within giant structural ‘boxes’ which cantilever off the large solid core.

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Steps  

Steps
Changan Liu
 
This scheme sought to strengthen an existing urban route by creating an axis focussed on the Swiss Re tower. This divided the office function into two parts linked by skybridges.

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Skygardens  

Skygardens
Parul Singh
 
This scheme – and the adjoining ‘Voids’ scheme – has adopted a particularly exciting solution at the ground floor plane.

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Voids  

Voids
Wenxiao Xu
 
This scheme – and the adjoining ‘Skygardens’ scheme – has adopted a particularly exciting solution at the ground floor plane

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DeStijl  

De Stijl Tower
Geetha Dhar, Husain Dohadwala & Kuashik Mandal
 
This project takes as its inspiration the abstract compositions of the De Stijl movement. Far from an abstract notion though, each element in the composition has a role in supporting its function.

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