By Jonathan Tran & Tajiri Fernandez
When approaching the design challenge of the city above the city, we searched for a unique site that provided a precise relationship with the context. This site would also have to facilitate the replicable nature of the housing typology we sought to develop. Considering the New York City roofscape, the water tower presented itself as a repeated element of necessity. Yet, a rare architectural opportunity. By engaging the context through the means of the water tower, the building is able to not only tap into both the primary structure of the building and the secondary structure of the tower, but the the building services as well.
From a sustainability standpoint, integrating the new with the existing services enables the new construction to lend itself to the old, rather than hinder or neglect its significance. By adding on to the water systems specifically, the skyhook is able to enhance its water channeling capabilities. Merging the structures together, they both enhance and benefit each others uses. The skyhook having several modular and adjustable structure which could fit to different water tower structures, it contextually merges along with the site throughout New York. Using the water tower’s existing structure, the skyhook’s internal framing amalgamate and help support the structure as a whole all together.