Essence  |  BOMP
- Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo
eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winner | Panel: 01 | 02

- Away from everyday routines, in a dense city center, a secret garden that combines architecture and a nature is born. The main goal of this project is to position non-architectural phenomena in an urban fabric. An inspiration rooted in nature allowed to form a representation of external worlds in the shape of a vertical structure. Overlapping landscapes like an ocean, a jungle, a cave or a waterfall will stimulate a diverse and complex range of visual, acoustic, thermal, olfactory, and kinesthetic experiences.

The main body of the building is divided into 11 natural landscapes. They are meant to form an environmentally justified sequence open to the public that includes extensive open floor plans that form spectacular spaces with water floors, fish tanks lifted up to 30 meters above ground, and jungle areas among others natural scenarios. The sequence landscapes might become a variable set of routes dedicated to different shades of adventure.

54-story United States Steel World Headquarters at One Liberty Plaza. Broadway and Liberty Street, Financial District, Downtown Manhattan. Built between 1969 and 1973 in the site of Ernest Flagg’s Singer Tower (1908, demolished in 1967-1968) and City Investing Building. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, architects.

View looking northeast of new U.S. Steel Building at One Liberty Plaza in the Spring of 1973. Behind it, at left is the 34-story 22 Cortland Street Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1971) and the Woolworth Building (Cass Gilbert, 1913) is visible at far left, background.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Architectural Record, October 1973.

The new 52-story dark black-tinted glass and travertine marble “bell-bottom” Solow Building. 9 West 57th Street. Gordon Bunshaft, architect from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1969-1974. Night view looking southwest of Solow Building from Fifth Avenue at Grand Army Plaza in the Spring of 1974. The old Plaza Hotel (Henry J. Harbenbergh, 1907).

Photo: Ezra Stoller/ESTO.

Source: Stern, Robert. A.M. Mellins, Thomas. Fishman, David. “New York 1960. Architecture and urbanism between the Second World War and the Bicentennial” (New York. The Monacelli Press. 1997).

The new 50-story Americana of New York Hotel. 811 Seventh Avenue, east block between 52rd to 53rd Streets, Morris Lapidus, Kornblath, Harle & Liebman, Architects. View looking south from the top of Park Sheraton Hotel in Fall of 1962. The Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) can be seen on background, right.

Foto: Andreas Feininger.

De: Andreas Feininger, Kate Simon. “New York” (New York, Viking Press, 1964).