High Density Urban Order
Yale School of Architecture, Spring 2016 Semester. Collaboration with Lisa Albaugh, Benjamin Bourgoin, Roberto Jenkins, and Justin Oh. Studio led by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, with Simon Kim and Lasha Brown. H.I. Feldman Prize Nominee, CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition: 2nd Prize, eVolo 2017 Skyscraper Competition: Honorable Mention.
London’s skyline can be thought of as a collage city – where the unique individuality of each tower prevents it from engaging with the urban scale of its surroundings. This divergent urban order is a condition that will not diminish without careful and direct intervention. The blending of four distinct architectural typologies addresses a diversity of urban functions, from living, working, recreation, and transportation. Respectful of its greater surroundings, this proposal creates a distinct sense of place in the city of London, a significant contribution to her public realm for pedestrians and city alike.
The project is organized into four main components: a high-density tower, a mid-rise neighborhood, a train station that bridges between the two, and a park landscape that mediates between the existing viaduct and the various access points throughout the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site. Each component is given its own unique character, and by blending into a continuous field they produce a differentiated system that accommodates diverse and overlapping programs at a hyper dense urban scale. This project breaks the convention of the internationalist, ubiquitous, object-like skyscraper by instead creating a high-resolution complex that is at once individual and collective as a field of pencil towers blending seamlessly between one another - creating a new and iconic urban order as an archetype for London's continued growth.