Street Architecture & Urban Interventions

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Shanghai

The Silo

05

Feb

2016

The Silo

A totem for interactive display and a platform for recreation.

The Silo

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The Silo
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Introduction
The object is called “the Silo,” because of its cylindrical structure resembling an industrial airtight container to store grains or crops.
 
It is composed of two concentrical circular components. One is the lower part: a platform for performance and recreation that invites the user to interact. Given its morphology, it provides a landscape of functions for public use. The second element is the “silo”, a cylindrical structure 6 meters high placed on top of the lower platform, thus reaching a height of 8.4 meters.
 
 

Progress panel / ©100architects

Progress panel / ©100architects


This is a very versatile component, since it can be used as a giant cylindrical screen for advertising or display. It can also function as a green wall, providing a vertical green lung and an unconventional green and fresh space, or it can simply become a sun shading structure, drawing beautiful and unique shadows over the pavement.
 
 
functional axonometric  / ©100architects

functional axonometric / ©100architects


Plan and Elevation / ©100architects

Plan and Elevation / ©100architects


This project is both a sculpture and an authentic piece of street architecture. It is a memorable attractor with a host of functions that can be placed on a small platform (such as an inclined surface playground, a grandstand, a table area, or a wooden deck), thus offering users new possibilities to enjoy the public space.
 
 
Aerial view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a LED screen for advertising located at the IAPM / ©100architects

Aerial view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a LED screen for advertising located at the IAPM / ©100architects


Pedestrian view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a LED screen for advertising located at the IAPM / ©100architects

Pedestrian view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a LED screen for advertising located at the IAPM / ©100architects


Pedestrian view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a green wall and urban lung located in a public space at the Shanghai Bund  / ©100architects

Pedestrian view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a green wall and urban lung located in a public space at the Shanghai Bund / ©100architects


The silo is also elevated from the ground as a landmark and wayfinding main element. This object adds value to the surrounding cityscape, creating a beautiful and playful landmark that attracts people by providing interactions. It would therefore be an ideal catalyst for commercial schemes.
 
 
Pedestrian view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a shading feature located in east Nanjing road as a public mini plaza.  / ©100architects

Pedestrian view of the interactive object with the cylinder as a shading feature located in east Nanjing road as a public mini plaza. / ©100architects


This proposal represents new ways of understanding the public space, getting closer to the users, generating a strong identity and bringing new possibilities to urban spaces.
 
 
Shading structure detail / ©100architects

Shading structure detail / ©100architects


Material Studies / ©100architects

Material Studies / ©100architects




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Product definition

It is an inhabitable architectural object inserted on top of an existing urban environment, but alienated from its surroundings.
 
This architectural object intervenes in the space by touching the ground and acting as an accessible and multifunctional platform, allowing people to stand on top of it and interact directly.
 
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to trigger a massive public interest to the place, encouraging the rise of high public affluence, becoming a remarkable virtual landmark that attracts customers and cultivates important human dynamics and commercial activity.