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2015.06.09 17:13
Renderings of BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center Revealed
The earliest stacked-box skyscraper design that I know of is within Arquitectonica's Capital Park West (1983).

In many ways, Arquitectonica can be considered the ur-OMA spinoff. Remember, Spears and Koolhaas worked together just before Arquitectonica (and OMA) was formed. And, while Capital Park West was never executed, they were nonetheless the first architects to get 'delirious New York' type architecture built, well before Koolhaas and Zenghelis themselves.
Thus I now wonder whether BIG's WTC2 will be the first stacked-box skyscraper actually built. I'm trying to think of some other such project(s) that already exists, but I'm drawing a blank--please let me know if there is. I know H&dM's NYC luxury hi-rise currently under construction, but that's a bit more voxelation than stacked-box, and there's, of course, the New Museum, but that's not really a skyscraper.
ps
Arquitectonica's Capital Park West is clearly a decendent of Leonidov's Dom Narkomtjazjprom project.

1988             Netherlands Architecture Institute   2253
1991             Villa dall'Ava   2276
1992-95       Dutch House   2295
1994-98       Maison Bordeaux   2291
1997-2003   Netherlands Embassy in Berlin   2338
1999-2004   Seattle Central Library   2341
1999-2005   Casa da Musica   2320
2002             NATO Headquarters   2343


Master plan   Shunde City   201401/005
Rijnstraat 8 renovation   The Hague   201401/003
Axel Springer Campus   Berlin   201401/001   16100601
Milstein Hall   Ithaca   16101201


2016.10.06 20:40
Architecture Without Reference
Eisenman's Berlin tower is basically an extreme arch, whereas CCTV is a 3D loop with an extreme cantilever. They're two very different things, and there really is no precedent for what CCTV does as a building (even if one might see a reference to Eisenman's Berlin tower).


2017.03.17 15:17
OMA's Dubai-based "Concrete" is pretty transparent



not photos; diagrams of the intention

2021.09.05 13:16
read last night--delivery of content
"I think of pavilions very much as laboratories. Julia Payton-Jones invented the program in 2000 when sho invited Zaha hadid to do the first pavilion. It was initially built for a fundraising event and was meant to last only for an evening. It was quickly decided, however, that it could stay up a bit longer. I joined the gallery six years later and have since co-commissioned the pavilions. It was interesting for me because I have always worked with architects in the context of exhibitions, but I had never really worked with an architect as a client. It was a very exciting new experience--its a very different thing to be a client! In 2006 we invited Rem Koolhaas along with Cecil Balmond. Rem felt that a pavilion without content would be nothing more than a meaningless shape, so he wanted to make the building a content machine. Yet as it turned out, it was not only the content that was a experiment but the form as well. This is often the case: many of architecture's most important inventions have come from temporary pavilions." Hans Ulrich Obrist, "In Conversation: Hans Ulrich Obrist" in Perspecta 48: Amnesia (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015), p. 229.

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