Modern austerity might limit the appeal of skyscrapers as chest-thumping symbols of corporate might, but could they serve as more-efficient living spaces for future cities?
New York Tomorrow was the runner up in the “Living Cities” design competition launched by Metropolis Mag (via Jetson Green) to find ways to accommodate an expected explosion in the city’s population.
The structure is 420 feet tall, but has only a 400-square foot footprint. That should be appealing given the highly-coveted real estate at the corner of 68th Street and Madison Avenue, where New York Tomorrow would hypothetically be located.
The tower’s facade is designed with local sun and wind conditions in mind. A double layer on the south side acts as a sun shield, while the north side is shaped to direct wind for cross ventilation, lessening the need for air conditioning.
Another notable design feature is the common space above street level, but below the residential section of the building. This section houses a co-working area, auditorium, and also serves as the lobby. Street access is via elevator.