akk architects

Nature,technology,tradition and future

exterior envelope

Kissing Tower (2008)

6つのインターロックする楕円が織りなすダイナミックなサーフェイス

The plan consists of six interlocked oval plates with different angles according to the height. Three of the ovals will serve as cores of the tower, encasing elevator shafts and stairs. The rest will serve as a light tower. The viewing platform is located on the top floor and its below, there is a cafe occupying two floors.The conference hall is allocated in the heart of the tower at underground level. And the children library locates around the conference hall at slightly higher level in the podium. Six light-wells in the plaza will bring soft natural light into both the library and the conference hall.
  • XI ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award 2008
  • Client: ThyssenKrupp Elevator
  • Program: Symbol Structure
  • Area: 500sqm
  • Site: UAE Dubai

A New kind of Materiality

The structure of the tower is generated by operating with 6 interlocked ovals. The envelope gives a look of a drapery fabric and a different impression according to angles of the sight . Its surface is constructed by stacking metal and acrylic bricks, which have a different degree of transparency and reflectivity. Not with a kind of the brutal form-making in the Eiffel Tower, here we create the emblem tower with a new sense of prestigious crafting, gained from the integration of advanced technology and primitive building methods. It will produce a certain kind of seductive materiality.

Tectonics & Material

The structure of the tower is generated by operating with 6 interlocked ovals. The envelope gives a look of a drapery fabric and a different impression according to angles of the sight . Its surface is constructed by stacking metal and acrylic bricks, which have a different degree of transparency and reflectivity. Not with a kind of the brutal form-making in the Eiffel Tower, here we create the emblem tower with a new sense of prestigious crafting, gained from the integration of advanced technology and primitive building methods. It will produce a certain kind of seductive materiality.

interior view towards the top

Acryl Model