Some time ago we featured a mid rise building by OMA in New York, a cantilevered volume that brings a new concept for tall buildings. A similar approach can be found at a recent competition for the Rødovre Skyscraper won by MVRDV in association with ADEPT: A 116m tall mixed use tower, based on a 60sqm module arranged around the central core of the building.
It´s interesting to see the structural approach for this new typology, as you can see on another render below: the inner core -actually 3 cores to access the different program segments- is made out of concrete, with the units wrapping it around on a steel structure.
Something interesting in times like this, is that the building allows for different configurations responding to unstable markets, flexibility achieved by re-designating these 60sqm units.
The lower levels will offer space for retail and restaurants, with a surrounding public plaza. Over that, the building starts to widen for office space, and then starts to lean to the north to generate terraced gardens to the south, an orientation that benefits the residential apartments on that portion of the building. At the top, the hotel will have a great view of the city.
Last week I was talking with Robert Lange from BIG, and he was telling me that the danish goverment is very strict when it comes to energy standards in buildings, which is reflected on some green facts of this building: it includes a greywater circuit, the use of 40% recycled concrete in the foundation and a variety of energy producing devices on the façade.
The building looks good at street level, something very important for the city.
Also, keep an eye on ADEPT. They have won some interesting competitions, I´m sure we will hear from them in the future.