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BLUE-SKY PREFAB THINKING UNDERPINS NYC TOWER

NEW YORK-BASED ARCHITECTURE FIRM STUDIO DFA HAS DESIGNED A 712-FOOT-TALL PREFABRICATED TIMBER OBSERVATION TOWER FOR THE CITY’S ICONIC CENTRAL PARK THAT, IF BUILT, LOOKS SET TO SEIZE THE BATON OF BECOMING THE WORLD’S TALLEST TIMBER STRUCTURE.

 

Designed to rise out of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis  Reservoir, a man-made lake, the tower will be built from prefabricated Glulam units around a steel core, allowing it be manufactured offsite and assembled in under six months.

Affixed to a pre-cast concrete base and held in tension using tensile cables, the tower’s slim form will feature a steel ramp wrapping the interior core from the 375-foot to 500-foot mark of the tower. Encasing the ramp will be a more open,  timber helix formed exoskeleton, optimising visibility from the  ramp and into the tower from the ground as well as enabling views of the city, rivers and park from above.

The tower proposal doubles as a sustainable filtration system which would transform the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir into a usable freshwater pond. A wind turbine would provide power to filter the water and move people up and down the tower without drawing from the grid.■


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