Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Vertical Communities
2010, University of Nottingham, David Nicholson-Cole & Philip Oldfield

This studio explores the concepts of community, lifestyle, interconnectivity and social sustainability in the field of tall buildings. The aim was to create a number of towers that are linked together at height through skybridges, and at ground level by a ‘groundscraper’. The project  was accredited by the CTBUH.

The site for the studio is Leamouth in east London – the site of a real project for a new residential community designed by the London office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who acted as ‘clients’ for the studio. The project brief consisted of three stages: extensive site studies, development of a common masterplan, and finally design and development of the individual towers themselves.


Masterplan Development
Teaching and Reviews

Physical Model

Studio Physical Model
 
The final results of the ‘Vertical Communities’ studio project a new urban vision for Leamouth in East London, consisting of eight tall buildings linked by a groundscraper at the base and a skybridge network at height. All the towers are mixed-use in function, but a strong provision is made for residential accommodation.

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Masterplan and Skybridges  

Masterplan and Skybridges
Matthew Bryant, David Calder & Amrita Chowdhury
 
Rather than focussing on the design of a single tower, the students in this group were responsible for developing the masterplan beyond a strategic level, designing in detail the skybridges and groundscraper, and creating the new urban vision for Leamouth.

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Colour My Thames

Colour My Thames
Chandni Chadha, Arham Daoudi, Elnaz Eidinejad & Akshay Sethi
 
This design aims to create a vertical residential community bound together by aspects of color and art. Rather than restrict the tower to the blues and grays of typical curtain-walling, the design aims to integrate color and vibrancy into the building in a meaningful way.

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Botanical Tower  

Botanical Tower
Aurelia li, Nu Long & Andrew Tang

 
This scheme aims to extend the Lea Valley ‘green corridor’ – a series of parks and wetlands that stretch northwards from the site, along the river Lea – into the sky, by embracing vertical greenery within a tall building.

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Eduscraper

Edu-scraper
Xifeng He, Yu Wei Luo & Ben Minton
 
Inspired by research into local demographics – which show an extremely high birth rate and low death rate – this project aims to accommodate both primary and secondary schools and residential units into the same vertical tower.

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Sports Tower  

Sports Tower
Jia Liu, Wanyi Sun & Chao Wei
 
Inspired by the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games, this design aims to create a new vertical residential community incorporating sports facilities at height.

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Marina Tower  

Marina Tower
Tom Heneker, Li Yu Liang, Juzar Mukadam & Salil Riswadkar
 
This scheme is concerned with the valuable resource of water in two ways; firstly, by ‘floating’ the tower out over the water a marina and water taxi hub is created at its base, offering a new recreational facility on the river Lea.

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Green Lung  

Green Lung
Ashwin Chaudhari, Snigdha Deshpande, Pranjal Diwakirti & Priyanka Kumath
 
This design is concerned with the introduction of fresh air, natural light and vegetation into a tall building.

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Farmscraper  

Farm-scraper
Mandar Mallappanavar, Savita Poojari & Pranali Shah
 
Inspired by issues surrounding sustainable agriculture, this design aims to accommodate residential units combined with vertical farming in the place where demand for food is highest – the city.

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Recycling Tower  

Recycling Tower
Minh Ngoc Phan & Sim Lee Yee
 
This scheme consists of a residential tower with an emphasis on waste collection and recycling. The project takes advantage of its location at the centre of the ‘skybridge network’, acting as a ‘hub’ to gather and process waste from neighboring towers.

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