NYC VERTISCAPE - Roosevelt Island, NYC

     Creating a dynamic building that demonstrates the viability of 3D printing technology, while also providing a unique space for students, teachers and hotel to connect and interact, is the goal of this project.   Utilizing 3D printing in construction of a new high-rise, residential space in New York, could provoke the necessary conversations within the industry to move forward and embrace this technology.

     At a 43% reduction in construction time and 48% reduction in cost, this building can begin to question the limits of 3D printing. If the budget using traditional construction methods only allows a rectilinear box with windows, what can the same budget provide using 3D printing?  That question is what this project explores, keeping the original footprint and the square footage of the proposed project, the Vertiscape changes only in design. While challenging the monetary issue, this design also addresses three main issues found with high rise structures in NYC.

       In order to create the connections previously mentioned, the tower and circulation move directly from the ground level into the social parts of the building. There is interior and exterior circulation throughout the entire building providing many different ways to get to the same place. The landscape is also raised and lowered to create gathering points surrounding the building and places to stop and connect while traversing the campus.

    This is a diagram showing the interior spaces that are connected and divided. In these spaces students can interact with each other, as well as enjoy circulation throughout the building through green space. This connection to the ground floor and the movement of other students would allow interaction and ultimately change the social culture.

     Using 3D printing technology a structure can be printed directly into the floor plates and walls. This allows the structure of the building to be entirely bearing walls, but also avoids the alignment issues that come with traditionally casting concrete. There is also the opportunity to print spaces into the floor to run plumbing, electricity, and heating, which is difficult to do while casting concrete.


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