“Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Excerpt from King James Bible
As the Tower of Babel represents a powerful symbol of man’s ability and strength when united in a common goal and language, Kéré’s re-imagined Tribune Tower also embraces communication and community as driving forces for the design.
The proposal anticipates multiple aspects of modern life existing within the same building footprint such as housing, workplace, commerce, and recreation. To accommodate these activities, the tower is composed of segmented blocks each with a central void. As opposed to a conventional sky-scraper design with a technical core running through the center, all structural and technical aspects of Kéré’s design exist in three separate cores pushed to the exterior, freeing up the interior for a variety of dynamic amenities, communal functions or constructed landscapes. Each block has the potential to host a different program in relation to the vertical proximity to the city at the ground level. For example, the crown of the tower may contain private apartments while the base holds a cultural center. In alignment with current trends, the design forecasts that people will value a balanced work and life ratio while retaining real and meaningful connections with each other and with the places that they live.
STATUS: Temporary Exhibition
SITE: Chicago Architecture Bienniale / Chicago / USA
CLIENT: Chicago Architecture Bienniale