The design tricks that keep skyscrapers from swaying - Zint Design
At 1,396 feet, 432 Park Avenue isn’t the tallest building in New York. But with a height-to-width ratio of 15 to 1, it is one of the skinniest. On windy days, that ratio can cause one little problem: swaying. Back-and-forth movement on top floors can cause serious discomfort for people inside. To deal with that, modern skyscrapers use a slew of architectural tricks to confuse the wind. Details that might look like decorative flair — like twisted sides, tapered pointy tips, and gaping holes — are actually carefully designed wind reduction techniques that keep buildings still. We’re in the middle of a super-tall skyscraper boom. And that means more