Fractal Tower Plan
Surface distortions, viewing pod. Reflected, collage views
Hotel Montenegro Budva, Montenegro
This hotel complex scheme on the cliffs overlooking the town of Budva directly engages with its context. The accommodation consists of a series of dramatic angular forms that cascade down the cliffs to the sea edge, emphasising the precipitous nature of the site and echoing the tradition of settlements clinging to the steep rocky slopes of the Montenegrin coast. The structure is lifted off the cliff-face using structural bands suspending rooms and reflecting the contours of the landscape preserved uninterrupted beneath. Each room has privacy and sea views, while the corridors behind are located in the zone between the building and the rock. A key feature of the scheme is its 1,000-seat concert hall, located within the dichroic glass shell structure at the top of the site and enjoying spectacular views over the old city. Montenegro has a strong musical tradition, and although the old city has many small concert venues, it lacks anything on this scale. These proposals create a destination for music, conferences and festivals, with guests ferried by speedboat between the hotel and the old city.
â€˘Urban Theme Park, A Public Esplanade â€˘Ordos China
This project, commissioned by Mr. Fong Yun Gao, is a meeting are for exhibitions as part of an Urban Theme Park in Ordos. The structure will be set within an urban park acting as a public esplanade and open-air foyer providing shelter to the rest of the site. The design, influenced by the Ordos desert and itâ€™s resonant sands, consists of two structures, one is a monocoque wooden frame construction using plywood to clad highly stressed parts of the internal frame; this skin provides strength in shear and compression. The fluid nature of the design reflects the changing landscape directing light through the design via the folded atrium. The second part of the design acts as a harp, the pre-stressed striated steel frame is a sculptural element which may be clad in Teflon and fiberglass when necessary. This sculptural element mimics the resonant sands of Ordos Whereby the wind animates the design using the shelter as an instrument that can be controlled according to the type of cladding used. This project has been commissioned in April 2010 and the design stage has been completed, the project designed by Margot Krasojevic and engineers involved are Arups of London.