Natural Forces

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Many of today’s architects and engineers are dedicated to innovation minimizing the destructive power of natural forces associated with typhoon-level winds, earthquakes and tsunamis. Contemporary solutions present an undeniable beauty reflecting the dynamics underlying potentially devastating forces.


Gensler, ‘Shanghai Tower‘, Shanghai, China, world’s 2nd tallest building (632 meters), 2016   
Photos via archdaily

The Gensler team anticipated tapered asymmetry and rounded corners to withstand typhoon-force winds common in Shanghai. Using wind tunnel tests . . . [the team] refined the tower’s form, which reduced building wind loads by 24 percent”


OFIS Architects ‘All Seasons Tent Tower’ anti-earthquake design concept for Mercedes Benz Hotel, Yerevan, Armenia, 2010
Photo via inhabitat

“The structure resists quake shaking using a system of concrete cores and composite columns that supposedly ensure structural stability.” The embracing metal mesh tent presents a unique aesthetic in its mimicry of climate and earthquake-prone landscape.


CRAB Studio, ‘tsunami resistance‘ for disaster prevention competition, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
Photo via evolo

CRAB Studio developed a concept employing dynamic blade-like structures designed to cut up and disperse a massive tsunami’s destructive power. The result is an unusually expressive design with its lyrical formations engulfing the area.


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