Tag Archives: competitions

Where does the building begin?

27 Mar

This one project just struck me when I first saw it. Yes it has some really interesting curves but what really fascinated me was the way the building seemed to grow out of the ground. It seems to almost be growing out of the ground with no defined edge leading me to the question:

Where does the building begin?

Nanjing Jianning Highrise


Noin Tap (Elderly Tower) – CTBUH International Highrise Competition

21 Oct

In the final semester of architecture school, Matthew Abbott and Ryan Bloom participated in a traveling studio (Tall and Green: Seoul) sponsored by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) based in Seoul, South Korea.  The design studio’s goal was to design a high rise based around a particular issue plaguing Seoul.

After spending 8 days in Seoul with the class and professor, Matt and Ryan determined that their highrise solution would address the aging population of South Korea and the many issues surrounding the topic.  Challenging the norms of highrise design, Noin Tap focused on the needs of the Korean elderly, innovative ideas in structure and experience, and more.

Recently, Matt and Ryan’s design was shortlisted in the CTBUH “Why Tall?” International Design Competition that concluded on October 12th, 2011 at the CTBUH National Conference in Seoul, South Korea, where their work was on display.  Their work can be viewed below as well as on the CTBUH website (www.ctbuh.org) under Tall Buildings Academic and Student Work.

Noin Tap (Elderly Tower) Competition Entry