Q TOWER

The Q Tower, a design for the Northern Liberties community outside Philadelphia, is a 15 story residential condominium, with 24 units, a first floor restaurant, two penthouses on top and three duplexes throughout, has been developed as a ‘smart green’ tower with integrated systems reactive to its inhabitants. Our collaboration with Ted Selker of the Context Aware Computing Department at MIT Media Lab is aimed towards integrating interactive systems within the tower. This cooperation has generated a wide range of innovations with the building systems; environmental [geothermal energy, smart appliances and controls, a ‘virtual’ doorman, and smart delivery closets at the entrance make the tower a responsive structure where human occupation is accommodated rather than allowed, interactive rather than passive.

The tower is elevated half a floor above street- level; allowing for a ‘split-level’ entrance with the restaurant guests walking up half a level, and the residents ramping down to a glass lobby and generous parking lot below. Containing two lofts per floor, a sense of privacy is created - further heightening the individuality and spatial control of the tower’s inhabitants.

Further differentiation was gained by introducing a specific algorithm to generate ever changing window configurations. Each apartment was designed to be ‘special’ to its inhabitant, floor plan and fac╠žade patterns varying in shape. Algorithmic rule sets allocate room type and variation based on programmatic relationships, transparency percentage, and change in transition angles. This tower offers different apartments for each inhabitant, no longer a standard stereotypical lay- out, but a personalized approached. 

INFO

Client: CREI Real State

Project Type:  15 story residential condominium, with 24 units, a first floor restaurant, two penthouses on top and three duplexes throughout tower

Location: Northern Liberties, PA

Area: 40,000 sf // 3,716 m2

Status: Construction Documents

Design: Archi-Tectonics

Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam

Project Leader: Thomas Barry

Architect of Record: Zimmers Architects

Archi-Tectonics Team: Pilar Echezaretta, Patrick Wong, Monty Forman, David Barr, Vincent Appel, Greg Getman

Consultants:

Structural Engineers: Cantor & Seinuk Engineers, PC

Mechanical Engineer: Stan Slutsky Engineers

Curtain Wall Consultant: Israel Burger

Facade Development: Ted Selker; Context Aware Computing Department at MIT Media Lab

Photography: Archi-Tectonics


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