Is the way we view skyscrapers changing?
‘Controlled Collapsing’ is a conceptual project entered into the 2012 EVOLO skyscraper competition. The statement below comes from the architects themselves (David Giraldeau / Alexandre Guilbeault) and explains the notion behind the project:
"Interested in optimising occupation, 'Controlled Collapsing' is a strategy consisting in an addition of on/off levels whose polarity matches human presence. The compressible quality of the space between the floor slabs is made possible through a system allowing free movement on a vertical axis, all the units being independent, but reacting in a synchronised manner to each other.
"Taking advantage of the motion, the modular components also have the ability to be organised as a whole, in order to be more responsive to the programmatic inclinations and the surrounding environment. This large set of conditions, called urban fluctuations, provides the data on which are based various configurations. Therefore, tight to loose patterns can punctuate the skyline in different ways, sometimes dealing with contextual sunlight, improving energy efficiency or even freeing up views and ground connections.
"To some extent, those continuous, progressive and fluid reorganisations become means of communication, setting up a clear dialog between the tower and the city. As graphical charts, its modulations embody varying statistics which can be interpreted to understand the ongoing solicitations. In this regard, the edifice is a cyclic expression of daily routines. It categorises behaviours, uses and functions, revealing a part of the city’s pulse."