Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Landmark Tower

Standing side by side with the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers by Ceasar Pelli.
Section shows the deliberate attempt to connect the upper levels with the street.
Landmark Tower, standing at 268 meters was designed by Ole Scheeren, the former architect of OMA who was behind the iconic CCTV headquarters building in Beijing.

To design a building right next to the Petronas Twin Towers is no easy feat; it is like trying to outrun Usain Bolt in 100m dash. However, Ole Scheeren managed to do it in a very subtle way where he challenges the extrusion of the rectangular in vertical axis, sliding the extrusion horizontally, interesting spaces are created for sky gardens and communal parks that links the different part of the tower together. The pure rectilinear form makes it in stark contrast to the intricate detailing of the Twin Towers' cylindrical form. It is indeed a very creative and subtle way to stand out from the rest.

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