STRUCTURAL CONCEPT
The design challenge was integrating two forms of physical spaces in one building. Leaving the voided areas strictly for exterior public gathering zones, the program became visually divided yet publicly inviting and non-intrusive on the main areas of concentration. In order to support these two spaces in one form, a structural space frame was designed to wrap around the elements and connect itself to the primary columns which drive the loads to the ground. The horizontal members of the frame also connect to the secondary  supports consisting of curved steel beams which act as holders for the spiraling void that penetrates the building. A series of concrete panels are used to create a finish that is used for horizontal louvered bands for visual abilities and a series of stepped platforms for the public to climb or sit on.
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