The concept was a building with various programmatic levels linked by “tornadoes” – vertical circulation voids that transport people quickly to their destination.
The tornadoes also gather the connection threads leading from the surrounding fabric, sweeping patrons into the building – first into the public plaza which is designed as a warped ground plane that creates spaces for busking, markets and events, and then up through layers of shopping and entertainment.
The tornadoes burst out onto the rooftop, where indoor-outdoor venues for drinking, eating and performances are housed.
The complex is characterized by an interactive skin, where visitos can use mobile phone technology to send messages, images and graphics onto the building, an electronic version of the concrete and glass pixels of the Duxton Plain façade.
Photo credits: Tim Griffith, Patrick Bingham-Hall