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avatar jduartemiller
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
I have extended the deadline to my 200 Subscriber Build Contest. You should enter it if you are interested

Continuing in my British-based starchitect binge, this is a 40-story apartment building by Norman Foster planned to go up in Ealing, outside of London. The tower employs a striking braced structural shell around the two joined towers, and the two towers meet at the ground in a delicate fashion at the four corners. The name, penned by those working in Foster and Partners, is due to the resemblance of the structure of the tower to that of a leaf. The tower is under scrutiny by those of Ealing, and the tower may be scrapped, or significantly shortened due to outcries of the local residents.

My interpretation is a bit taller than its proposed real world counterpart (which is 143 m tall), but i was going for proportional accuracy, particularly with the structure, rather than for real world accuracy. I may, at some point, make units in the tower, but for now, it is unfurnished.

Dimensions: 45 x 49 x 168

Using High Rossferry City Texture Pack
Thank you to Darkone55

Creative Commons License
The Broadway Leaf by jduartemiller is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Additional Notes

Thank you guys for helping get this project to the popular reel. I greatly appreciate all of the encouragement and support

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12 replies

02/18/2014 12:39 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Architect
dude all your towers are pure amazing diamond + sub from me :)
02/17/2014 4:43 pm
Level 26 : Expert Architect
Beautiful build, cheers!
02/17/2014 12:56 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Mountaineer
EPIC build as always dude ! :O
02/17/2014 12:39 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Architect
Nice job! I'm just in awe on how you get the shapes to work... like for exapmple... how do you do a twisting tower! i want to do that so badly!
02/17/2014 12:12 pm
Level 27 : Expert Artist
King Simon
Your skyscrapers are so slick! What do you think of this one? big.dk/#projects-van
02/17/2014 12:29 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
I'm very familiar with the project, and i love that you suggested BIG, i'm a huge fan of their work and have been following them for a long time. I may consider it, but i need to find the right location for it
02/17/2014 1:01 pm
Level 27 : Expert Artist
King Simon
Alright cool. Another suggestion would be the turning torso. You may be familiar with it, it's Scandinavia's tallest skyscraper. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/af/Turning_Torso_3.jpg
02/17/2014 1:05 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
Also very familiar with Calatrava. I may, but i know that one can cause a headache. Snaves did a phenomenal version of this tower already, and i doubt that i could do much better
02/17/2014 11:16 am
Level 49 : Master Lava Rider
Wouldn't a project like this good advertisement for your contest?
Just like me and the other contestants put up links to the contest on the forum.
*edit: crap to soon, srry*

Anyway what kind of immense powers will come free on those two ground levels?
Since your profile state you're an architecture student I wonder if you learn a lot about it
or it will be handled by other persons. In other words do you learn a lot about it or is the mentally there more like: meh others will calculate the way it should be standing alright.

For the rest: well done.
02/17/2014 11:26 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
Firstly, thank you, and i think i will post an image of this.

Regarding your question, yes, there is an immense amount of force, and not all of the structure is present in my interpretation (i'm working from somewhat limited images that are cleverly hiding how the structure meets the ground.

Although it isn't common in a lot of schools, as there are some that focus solely on the theoretical side of design, my school does teach us how to deal with forces and how to appropriate the proper material and structural members to withstand the loads. While in studios, we do not focus as much on this, we do consciously put realistic structure in our designs.

Due to the way that the architecture field is going, an architect doesn't need to calculate all of the forces, particularly in a project of this size. For smaller projects, yes, they should be able to engineer the entire thing without needing a consult. But on a large project, a consulting engineer, or engineering team will be needed.
02/17/2014 12:02 pm
Level 49 : Master Lava Rider
Thanks for the answer

A bit of shame of those cleverly hidden structures because I am curious about it.
At first glance the outer structure confuses me.

The diagonal outer things (can't recall a correct word) looks like it is made from a steel sort. I have learned that steel can't have properly push powers but pull powers. So my mind goes to concrete since that is the opposite regarding push & pull powers.

An inner structure doesn't make sense to me either so, in my opinion, it should be the outer structure.

Those inverted V in the square underneath make sense to me.

Do you have an idea what kind of material is used in those diagonals for getting of their forces? or the force schematic? (please don't mind me rambling my thoughts on this structure.)

As last: How big is a small project that architecture should be able to calculate on his own?
02/17/2014 12:25 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Architect
The material is most likely steel for most of the bracing, and concrete on the bottom, as well as probably some concrete shear walls and other concrete structure in the interior for added support at the base. The rest of the tower is probably steel on the exterior, and some other bracing within the tower (you can see it in the render of the bottom of the tower), though the entirety of the structure is unclear from the images present.

And for small projects, usually houses or other residential type buildings, small commercial spaces, basically anything under 10000 sqft should be manageable, but it is up to the preference of the architect, the use of the space, and the complexity of the project (driven either by design, client request, or some other factors) that could require a consult.

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