Ironically, while we build our high-rise towers from ground up, we often think from top down.
The tower in a large commercial building offers the majority of rentable commercial space that generates profits for the landlord, so it makes sense to make that towering mass above the street the most attractive space it can be for prospective tenants.
But all towers eventually meet the ground, and too often this junction is designed as an uninspired, utilitarian space. That’s unfortunate, because this very junction can define how the tower above is used. This street level floor is where most people, pedestrians and motorists gain their first impressions of the property. Making that ground floor dynamic can entice the community inside and expand opportunities for commercial tenants.
Growing Up Tower is a design that considers the ground floor first. Aggregating lots and shifting programs allows the base of the tower to become porous. That porous base creates new avenues of circulation, a new retail marketplace and diverse pedestrian traffic. The new base also creates new massing potentials for the tower above. Shared floor area ratio limitations, bundled cores and collective floors transform a singular unitary tower into a collection of floating piers. By first “grounding” the building itself is a better way to design the world above.