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Twisted Tower, New York, United States

Tuesday 29 Jun 2010

Twist and shout

OBRA Architects 
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29/06/10 Rik Warren, Atlanta
I love the idea of this in concept. I love even more the thought of coop boards not running the show. But I fail to see how the project will keep this from happening unless there is no board of directors

OBRA's conceptual house design attempts to channel the kinetic panorama of NYC 

To the south the building presents to the street a public space that could be occupied by a community use or a business (Steinway piano store shown). This space is developed as a semi-detached structure that breaks down the scale of the tower, mediating to the human-scale experience of pedestrians on the street.

The roof of the piano store/community space is developed as a mound playground for the children in the building. The entry to the building is topped by a cubical structure containing a coop board meeting room and symbolically representing a gatehouse. The architect commented on this choice of form, stating that: “in New York coop boards are notorious for keeping worthy people in need of housing out of the buildings they oversee unless they are employed by a Wall Street investment bank.”

To the north, the tower presides over the train tracks, and all apartments are exposed to the kinetic panorama of high-speed trains running in and out of the building's base. The building's form twists towards the sky as if resonating with railroad vertigo.

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