Vertical Cave in Nunavut / rzlbd

Vertical Cave in Nunavut / rzlbd
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The Nunavut Tower by rzlbd is a structure that aims to fulfill the human desire to conquer gravity, while challenging the modern notion of skyscrapers as vertical extrusions of a two-dimensional layout on the ground. The desire is to design a skyscraper in which each space is tailored to the inhabitant.

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The Primitive Future, The Nunavut Tower, as a vertical cave respects humans’ primitive responses to finding shelter and climbing heights. On the most untouched lands in north of Nunavut where icebergs are the only visible moving landscapes on water, a skyscraper rises to embrace the serenity of the landscape.

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Inspired by a natural phenomenon, and respectful to the most primitive form of shelter, a cave expands vertically by stacking.  This pure approach to elevating habitation results in non-repetitive versions of space with no identical typology, where every single individual owns a unique space. The tower is a remote rehab for restless souls, a vertical expansion on an extremely flat horizon, a resort that becomes a mobile structure by sitting on icebergs of Nunavut where scenery and ambiance is the subject of constant change.  The form is inspired by the artworks of local Inuit artists of the arctic.

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Their detachment from modern living styles and complex urban structures allow them to maintain a close relationship with invisible nature’s forces, and that is how the naturally formed stones are carefully stacked. The representation of equilibrium becomes a sculpture that reveals an invisible alignment between masses. Environmental concerns in arctic region are as unconventional and unique as the settings of the tower. In a land where a day can last for six months, every single predictable lifestyle changes providing the perfect environment for rehabilitation.

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Cite: Irina Vinnitskaya. "Vertical Cave in Nunavut / rzlbd" 03 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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