Synthetic petals ​By Stewart Schuetze & Sandra Benitez​

Synthetic petals

​By Stewart Schuetze & Sandra Benitez​

What a city wants and what a city needs may sometimes be one and the same or sometimes they may be on two alternate ends of the spectrum. The city of Istanbul, wants historic preservation, modernization of development, and affordable housing. Counterproductive to the city's desires, it is also vulnerable to earthquakes which can hinder, if not destroy existing works of construction. Through the modernization of new developments, older housing is under the threat of demolition and long-time residents that once lived within the city are displaced into higher priced housing that can be up to 12 km outside of the city of Istanbul. Presented we have the following two main issues: the threat of earthquakes to existing structures and the prevention of the displacement of the residents by providing alternative housing. To combat these, we have developed a structure that both stabilizes existing structures and provides housing or exterior space through the use of radiating synthetic petal design. The synthetic petal design stands on top of existing roof structures with an elevated 6-point foundation. This allows for existing roof conditions such as water systems, air circulation, and other components to remain undisturbed. Through the synthetic petal design, the exterior foundation points and points that extrude horizontally from the base floor plan can attach to the existing structural elements of the buildings that the modular system rests upon. Through the dual stabilization from two axes, we allow an expand-ability through multiple-rooftop levels. Modular design allows for the expandable area that can be applied to a wider range of rooftops and allows accommodation for varying housing needs. ​

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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