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We decided to use laser cut acrylic to give our project a stacked, skinned nature, and help modernize the gothic feeling.

Melissa Davis, Marissa Zane, Steven Ramage

Curve/Spline+Utility/Fillet Tool

The fillet curves the interior corners of a surface to make them smooth instead of having hard corners. It can be used to make trusses, such as this:



“Designed for the 2010 Skyscraper Competition, the “Capture the Rain” by Ryszard Rychlicki and Agnieszka Nowak, architectural students at H3AR, is a sustainable skyscraper that harvests rainwater to fulfill the daily water needs of its residents. Featuring an innovative roof to capture as much rainwater as possible, together with the external shell comprising a system of gutters to maximize rainwater harvesting, the eco scraper locates special water tanks in the form of a large funnel and reed fields underneath the roof, to work as a water treatment unit. The hydro botanic system filters or processes rainwater before transmitting to the apartments for consumption. In addition, the Capture the Rain integrates a reservoir under the building to store surplus water gathered in the rainy season, which when required can be pumped up to be distributed to the apartments.”

There are many green skyscraper designs that don’t fit a form that exists for a purpose other than to be interesting. This building’s form is derived in a repetitive parametric way that is purely for a purpose, and yet is aesthetically wonderful. It’s very simple and pleasing, but meets its technical needs well. Modularity is used for shade and rain collection, the taper is used to protect the building from the sun, and collect water efficiently. The modularity also represents the floor layering that correlates on the inside of the skyscraper. It’s cohesive combination of form and function is very inspiring to me for what I strive for in my own design. Especially considering it works to save and collect water which is a very important resource that we need to consider, though the United States hasn’t faced this problem as a major challenge, most other places in the world struggle for clean water. The skyscraper will be able to supply 85 out of the 150 liters water the inhabitants will use each day.