Big Bang Towers. 2013

Urban Prototype, case study for Miami - Research, in progress


Designing a tower is reduced in many cases to a boring exercise of cleverly resolving a central core and a more or less fancy façade. And between the two, a monotonous pile of identical floors, and identical spaces. Big Bang Towers explore the spatial and structural opportunities that derive from exploding the conventional central core in a high-rise building. Different parts result from this action; smaller cores each with their own physiognomy adapted to the server space contained; thick asymmetric columns with mechanical capacity which resolve at once the vertical structure and infrastructure: everything the space needs to accommodate activity. The rest is served free space.


Horizontal structures tie these columns together and insert new diversity, where each floor can be configured differently, varying its position, its area and its height; where the activity is not contained identically in every level and has multiple ways of framing the landscape and connecting with other interior spaces.


This concept can result in many possible variations. A case study for Miami is developed testing how different programs can live together within this vertical urban structure. The big scale of the skyscraper is broken by the insertion of public spaces and diverse spatial typologies that create a vibrant environment, and an exciting experience, open to regular users or sporadic visitors.