GAPS OF COMMUNICATION
LANDMARK TOWER / U2 STUDIO, INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2003.
in a mixed development at britain quay, grand canal dock, dublin docklands development authority.
in between / in common / interrelate
a) analysis: human beings define themselves through the energy and contents of the spaces between them. unification as well as conflicts lie there. these spaces seem easy to touch, but they are of a very specific and refined substance which dissolves the moment one tries to grasp them. they are physical and sublime at the same time. these spaces are active elements of communication which change in continuous metamorphoses and form the individuals of our society. it is from there that the energy of life emerges. taking care of these spaces of our society is the key for any future common horizon of mankind.
b) transformation: the three individual towers of the landmark are articulated by vertical joints. the interpretation and transformation of these vertical gaps into elements of communication in between the towers is the essence of the project. they become architectural bodies, optimizing the conditions of the towers in terms of light, view and specific functions. they engage in active, spatially altering communication with each other, sometimes almost unifying and sometimes almost apart, just like human beings. three types of facades are generated. One is the generic structure, and the other two arise through the cuts of the elements of communication. the facades facing north-east and -west are of a heave structure and those who tend to orient towards south-west or -east are fully glazed, just like the one on the south side. these three types provide an optimal climate for the building.
the location of the towers at britain quay generates two arcs of tension.
one is the presence of the building to the north seen from river liffey,
and one is the orientation to the south to grand canal dock. the vertical
gaps of the towers are activated as a design tool for the optimization
of light and view conditions to the