Site: Chicago, IL, United States
Status: Conceptual Design
Client: Novack Construction and Development
The Silver Tower investigates the engineering factors of wind, seismic and structural loading with biological materials bringing emerging technologies to instigate new form of ecological design strategies in architecture. The floor plates are in constant modification through shifting configurations of the programs. The dimensioning and layout of the tower skin shifts on the bending and folding of the vertical massing. The experimentation in structural possibilities and urban research into the built environments of streets, spaces, axes, monuments, patterns and landscape propel the tower to be dynamic in its interaction with the existing context. The massing of the tower responds to the view corridors and frames important urban conditions. This visual dialogue that differentiates horizons within the massing variance connects the tower to its locale and its environmental performance. The climatic conditions vary throughout the vertical strata of the tower allowing the building to cut across multiple micro climatic zones. The bending and folding of the massing decrease the energy consumption in the tower by reducing solar heat gain.
The perforated silver skin of the tower encases bioengineered moss that enhances its biological performance in filtering polluted air and rainwater. The tower calculates the wind and air buoyancy for natural ventilation, and rainwater is filtered through the silver façade for retaining water runoffs and recycling water for the tower. The Silver Tower encompasses the urban remediation strategies that enhance micro climatic environments for public engagement around the city’s streetscapes. Opposing the maximization of developer’s financial model of floor plate. Silver Tower floors are cut and fissured to create voids for public spaces and layered communities within the vertical dimension. These articulated and diverse floor plates increase changing micro climatic zones and decreases the immense carbon output for a high-rise building typology.