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Something that will continue to be important to the progress of architecture until mankind stops building skyscrapers, is the transition from horizontal podium to vertical . The study of this move was, amongst other objectives, a key part of this thesis by Brandon Scott Sampson. The other objectives are the formation and delineation of a complex program, and the utilization of a subtractive design process to create dynamism and a sort of architectural theatre.

Arch2o-Void Tower-Brandon Scott Sampson (15)

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Planned as being situated in Las Angeles, and developed over what is now one of the largest parking lots along the 110 Freeway and Francisco Street, it is a project which could feasibly be replicated around the world in similar urban voids.

Arch2o-Void Tower-Brandon Scott Sampson (16)

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The tower complex requires a void for location, and is itself composed of a series of strategic voids, therein forming the and interior environs. The building uses a diagrid, with secondary and tertiary structural systems to create a layered effect and thereby affect changes in the tower’s appearance throughout the day.

Arch2o-Void Tower-Brandon Scott Sampson (19)

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Part of this layering is a double-skin facade which is the result of environmental studies determining optimal performance and positioning of compositional elements.

By Matt Davis

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