Canton Tower by Information Based Architecture
Mark Hemel, the Information Based Architecture declared: “ Where most skyscrapers bear ‘male’ features; being introvert, strong, straight, rectangular, and based on repetition, we wanted to create a ‘female’ tower, being complex, transparent, curvy, gracious and sexy. Our aim was to design a free-form tower with a rich and human-like identity that would represent Guangzhou as a dynamic and exciting city.”
The form of the tower is simple: two ellipses that are generating the shape, the volume and the structure, one of them at the foundation level and the other one at a horizontal plane at 450metres. The two create a waist and a densification of material.
The structure of the tower is an open lattice-structure, who was built up from 1100 nodes. Mark Hemel declared: “Recent State of the Art fabrication and computerized analysis techniques allow designers to create much more complex structures than ever before.”