Wednesday, July 1, 2009
8 Towers Ordos 100 | Inner Mongolia | 2010 | SSD
SsD was included in a gobal selection of 100 architects curated by Ai WeiWei and Herzog and deMeuron. The abstraction of the desert site is taken as an opportunity to develop new prototypical relationships between program and efficient energy use. Each of the 8 towers contains a separate and distinct program: entry, living, food, exercise, sleeping, and bathing. Through the distortion of each tower’s geometry, the volumes join or separate creating strategic connections and segregations so that only occupied portions of the building need to consume energy. The organization also creates experiential differences between rooms that are necessarily similar in size, while creating a high level of both porosity and privacy. Finally, the strategy heightens the identity and iconography of each program promoting an intensity of accidental or intentional relationships between differing activities.
Text and images:SSD