‘The Fabric-weaving an emotional space resembling nature in 2037’ Super Skyscraper, 2017

Site Area : 35,442 m2

Building Area : 21,407 m2

Total Area :  N/A

The vision for super-skyscraper in 2037

Up to now, the materials of the structure of high-rise buildings have been limited to metal, concrete, wood, stone, brick, etc. Thus, the spaces and appearances of the buildings could not exceed the limits of their properties. As the fourth industrial revolution is leading a whole new area in terms of material and structure of buildings, the potential that can create an emotional space resembling nature, a very soft space with emotional feelings has been exposed. In order to realize this, carbon nano-tube and metal compound materials and weaving technologies are combined to explore the possibilities of constructing soft buildings like fabric. Also, with the combination of artificial intelligence, 3d printing and drone technologies, the new architecture opens up the possibility of self-development and management of the construction. In the new era, many artificial intelligence interact, cooperate, and deep learn, and as time goes by, more sophisticated and efficient ways by learning and developing themselves will accelerate the constructing technologies.

Specifically, in this project, drones fill up the carbon nanotube & metal compound materials in the ground containers and start to create a basic lattice structure in associated with others in the first process. Through trial and error, they might use the most efficient and smart ways that even architects could not find. Based on this, they also create all the interior spaces and exterior finishes by weaving with carbon nanotube threads. The weaving seems quite complicated and time consuming method but artificial intelligences’ deep learning allow the complexity turn into the simplicity. Here, this provides a new emotional feelings that can not be felt in the existing materiality. In addition, the carbon nanotube threads allow light to transmit and also has a self-cleaning function, so that they have essential advantages in terms of daylight control and building maintenance. In the fabric facade, how to bring more public benefit for mankind by integrating various technologies that can respond to environmental pollution and climate change was an another issue. With the concern, different parts of the facade embed the solar panels, the wind power turbines and the fine dust filters with the fabric finishes.

In consideration with urban and historical context, the HSBC main building site in Hong Kong was chosen as the location of the new architecture, so-called ‘The fabric’. Hong Kong has been the exhibition of modern high-rise buildings. And, the HSBC building has been a representative building of the High Tech architecture with sensations in modern architecture. Thus, the site is appropriate as a place for deep thought and reflection on the new generation of architecture in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Once you step on this site, the public park welcomes visitors and the park continues into the main lobbies as you enter the entrance, surrounded by a soft fabric space resembling nature. And, the ground level occupies completely public space and anyone can visit and socialize. In sequence, you can reach several programs through three cores. The lower levels are composed of public programs such as various exhibitions, botanical gardens and cultural programs and easy accessibility is considered. In the middle levels, energy management facilities of sustainable energy and disposal facilities in connection with dust filters are located. Finally, the high levels embrace research centers for sustainable energy, environmental pollution and crisis, education facilities and offices. Basically, users of all the programs experience soft and emotional spaces, and the gardens are evenly distributed at each floor, so they can always be with nature. Additionally, dust filtered air will flow into the spaces within more pleasant environment.

Design by KIM MIN JAE

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