ARCHTECH

The project focused on developing a skyscraper on the port of Auckland in NZ, and focusing on the technical aspects of the design, and its potential feasibility. The multipurpose sky-scraper is adjacent to silo park across the Maritime Auckland Waterfront. Its main purpose is to bring together a plethora of diverse functions and services to cater for efficiency by using verticality to accomodate the growth of the population infrastructure while simultaneously providing an open-planned and light experience achieved through terracing.

Stacking was our intended idea explored in this project to create a product that would make the most efficient use of space and provide an open experience. Through a physical study using blocks we developed a digital prototype using a method called "cellular automata" though grasshopper3D. Cellular Automata is the process of growth using existing parameters of its previous form - this method was applied iteratively to produce a desired outcome. The structure was then simulated under local weather conditions using Ecotect.  From this output data we were able to organise the programmatic functions accordingly.

The stacking structure is made from an inner core acting as a spine for the outer cells, which plug into the central nexus, producing an efficient construction procedure, this is further supported by our secondary structural diagonal bracing system, which laterly reinforces for potential earthquake loads. The building consists of triple glazed windows to prevent excessive heat loss during winter months, while the integration of a green roof into our design also helps regulate temperature while the photovoltaic cells will succeed in the production of passive energy cutting down on artificial sources.