We are moving away from nature and more and more rely on our man-made infrastructures. Despite the common claim that this shift is tragic for humanity, we should critically approach it. What if it is actually positive?
Atriums of SkyCity are completely isolated, and the only constant connection with outside is filtering air pumps. As it was claimed, the indoor air would be three times cleaner than the outside. We lost pristine nature, no doubts here. What if we consider the atrium as a secret treasure box, where we put all the beloved landscapes, and they would be even more wonderful than original? Inspired by traditional Chinese poems, a scenery of abstracted Sun, Rainbow, Lake, Mountain, Forest, Mist, Rain is recreated.
However, instead of building decorations, poorly resembling nature, we rather introduce the space, where PEOPLE are the main architectural elements. By doing their daily domestic activities and sports, they set up and animate the landscape. Waste, noise, smell, hustle and bustle of people which are usually distracting in the formalist projects, are core of this proposal (and they would anyway hang their wet socks, let’s admit it).
Mother Nature, of course, is created by female hands, reintroducing domesticity (the labour itself is automated, only traces remain):
• Wet washed floor is as reflective as a lake surface;
• Hanging waving clothing resembles leaves in a bamboo forest;
• Swiping dust sounds just like birds’ wings flops;
• Steam from dumplings and buns cooking form clouds.
Imagine fan dance in the morning, or flowers which open up towards the sun. Imagine ping pong match or day-long raindrops sounds. Imagine weightlifting exercising or a thunderstorm. Trampoline jumping as sea waves. Air yoga as a beehive. Sport is literally life!
Form and function in the project follow biological human rhythms. As stage light moves by the Solar Trajectory Arc, different colour temperatures, shadows and light diffusions, heat and sound sets make different atmospheres (bright midday, romantic sunset and sunrise, starry night, enchanting rainbow, etc.), promising different activities and sports in the atrium. Thus, we make a perfect well-being microclimate for skyscraper inhabitants:
Morning glow softly wakes up people in the morning and invites them for refreshing gymnastics;
Bright and sunny day encourages active and extremal sports;
Scattered and diffused, cloudy day lighting is ideal for activities, where strong contrast is unfavourable;
Colourful LED rainbow together with contrast lights makes a perfect stage set for performative arts;
Vibrant sunset colours give the mood for meditative practices. Descending lamps reflect in the water surface and make romantic atmosphere;
Perforated fabric of the canopy allows only tiny light beams come through, creating simple starry night effect.
Instead of using precious and extinct natural materials, waste household objects are making the project. Basic conical structures applied here allow easy fabrication while triangular cross-sections contribute to elements’ stability.
As Earth and Sky symbiotically coexist in nature, Solar Trajectory Arc and Mountain Fan are supporting each other structurally with tension strings. They also are oriented precisely according to Changsha longitude and latitude, whereas the lighting scheme would be as accurate as possible.
Slight slope enhances scenery visibility even in the case of great crowd gathering, and also enables smooth exploration of space and zoning. Training machines are utilizing kinetic energy meet atrium’s local electricity demand. Mobile and inflating elements such as ladders and slides reconfigure the carousel according to changing needs.
Domesticated landscape is safe (recycled materials and predictable programs), stimulating (health-improving facilities), exciting (changing scenarios and dynamic views), and it is made by us.