Piled Up By Sergio Córdova & Gerson Figueroa​​

Piled Up

​By Sergio Córdova & Gerson Figueroa​​ (Gueñe Architects)


Legendary Hotel Pennsylvania, 20-storey building is located in New York, U.S.A. on Seventh Avenue between Calles 32 and 33. It was built by the architectural firm of Mc Kim, Mead & White in 1919 to provide hosting services to passengers departing or arriving at the Pennsylvania Station, which was opposite. This legendary hotel has been in danger of demolition before the voracity of property speculators who intend to build a modern office building on this site, almost the height of the nearby Empire State Building (1931) The time has had 2 proposed demolition one in 1997 and another in 2010, in 2013 its demolition was discarded by the owner of the hotel but future reforms raised.


"Stacking wood" is assimilated as conceptual structure of the building which generates a horizontal and vertical order volume.

He proposes reducing the weight of the structure on the existing building by helium balloons. With a total volume of helium balloons at the base of 15,705.8 m3 which would decrease approximately 15.7 tons of load on the existing building (Pennsylvania hotel) considering the possibility of increasing construction on ancient buildings and reduce burdens on them.

Description of the Project: The project consists of 4 volumes on piles of a building 7 perched floors on a volume of bond with the existing building starting from the top of the building Pennsylvania hotel assimilating the geometric figure of Pennsylvania hotel on your floor. The space containing this volume of connection between the square and the roof of the existing building is conceived as a container space facilities engineering building. (Floor 1)

The binding volume is composed of a square at the upper level (floor 2) that generates a small emitter green lung of oxygen at altitude. A space that works for the existing building and the proposed project.

Continuing height proposed in 4 volumes plant housing (floor to floor 3), a second floor housing (ground floor 4) and a third plant services varies in each volume of the project (c1, c2, c3 and c4, 5th floor) designed separately trade, health, child care, and a multipurpose space. The 4th floor is for housing and repeat the 2nd floor (ground b) and 5th level corresponds to the first floor housing (plant) The 4 volumes are connected by bridges to its third plant services. This optimizes mobility to basic services of the inhabitants of the existing building as planned.

He reuse wastewater for the maintenance of green areas presenting the project

The Pillars of building structures in space are used in the project spaces for temporary use as stairs, elevators, wetlands and other similar uses.

She left holes of light in the volume vertically through the building taking advantage of natural light and ventilation spaces strategically placing greater employment in these instances orientation light.

The Project includes green balconies where vegetation is added as a contribution to the release of oxygen​

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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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