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DIAGRIDS HAVE BECOME A COMMONPLACE IN BUILDINGS ABOVE 300 METERS, DUE TO THEIR FORMAL SIMPLICITY AND STRUCTURAL EFFICIENCY. THEY CONTRIBUTE TO CREATE AN EVERLASTING CHARACTER AND BUILD INSTANTANEOUSLY RECOGNIZABLE FEATURES IN THE SKYLINE.
The Building’s geometry is based on a 45-meter square floor plate that widens at the base - increasing the Tower’s structural efficiency and stability where sheer forces are stronger - and giving the Tower a ‘unique shape’ at the top where less mass is desired to reduce sway. The Shape streamlines the traditional skyscraper configuration of base-shaft-top, integrating them seamlessly into one ‘Faceted’ form. Which from the street and the skyline looks consistent and unified. As the floor plates rise along the core, and the square floor plate transforms into an octagonal shape. Their vortexes become slightly bigger, giving the building a dynamic and crisp profile.
Facets’ structural concept is driven by the idea of achieving physical and metaphysical lightness, while pushing the limits of materials and structures. This becomes particularly important in a 360-meter tall building; in which a diagrid is essential in optimizing steel and concrete ratios.
The structural concept is completed by a central and chamfered concrete core, by the use of vertical columns to reduce the spans between diagonal members and lastly by the use of composite decks supported on steel beams, which allow for faster construction and higher floor to ceiling heights.
The floor plate of the building is efficient, providing an average of 12 meters of lease span from the core to the inner face of the building envelope. The planning module is 1.50 meters, which allows for an efficient and flexible interior layout, which considers an efficient distribution of lighting and air systems within a logical grid through out the building.
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