The Q Tower 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 façade patterns varying in shape. This tower offers different apartments for each inhabitant, no longer a standard stereotypical layout, but a personalized approach.