Saturday, March 1, 2014

1958, Skyscraper of the Future: Hans Hollein

Hans Hollein
Skyscraper of the Future
City of Chicago—unspecified location
Photograph by versluis, 2012

Hans Hollein’s Skyscraper of the Future split the conventional tower into segments while integrating public space. 
Chicago’s skyscrapers impressed architect Hans Hollein when he visited the city in his twenties [during the 1950s]. But he found their design and function monotonous. Hollein wanted to design a dramatically different skyscraper. 
Hollein split the office tower into multiple sections and inserted public buildings and gardens, creating floating villages. 
Hollein’s tower, currently under construction in Shenzhen, China, is a testament to Chicago’s role as a catalyst of architectural innovation. (1)
Model courtesy DSM’s Somos® Materials Group.
  1. Text is taken from a 2012 display at the Chicago Architectural Foundation.

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