Here is a tower literally with a twist! As a part of the new growing Airport Complex at the Capitol Airport in Berlin, Kusus + Kusus Architekten has designed a BBI Info-Tower for visitors. From the top of this tower the visitors would get a chance to observe the various construction activities going on at the site.
This BBI Info-Tower, with a total height of 31 meters, is roughly around 10 stories, making it clearly visible from a distance to visitors travelling by air or through land. According to Kusus+Kusus architekten, this Info-tower will “serve the whole region and far beyond the boundaries of the construction site beyond.”
It is interesting to know that this seemingly light-weight and nimble structure from outside consists of a heavy reinforced cement concrete elevator core which carries the weight of the entire tower. Immediately around the elevator core are cantilevered spiral steps made of steel, with adequate landing area allowing the visitors to take a pause in between their ascent or descent along the core.
Wondering how this tower gets its final twisted exterior form? It has been achieved through 11 isosceles steel triangles spaced equidistant from each other along the length of the entire tower. These triangles rotate at 6 degrees counter-clockwise from their previous bottom components; allowing the entire tower to achieve a total dynamic rotation of about 60 degrees from bottom to top.
The final layer -an ETFE membrane cladded on the isosceles triangles giving the tower its light and semi transparent visual appeal- is decked with colorful lights on the inside. This allows the BBI Info-tower to glow with soft colors at night in various permutations and combinations. Next on our wish list: A tower to observe this visual delight!
By: Priyanka Shah