Some words from the builder jduartemiller
This is Echo Tower. It was a project i did for one of my studios back in 2012. The project was to design an apartment building in Portland, Oregon, had to have a minimum of 60 units, and had to incorporate habitats for bats in the design. My design called for an expansion on the program by incorporating shops, a gym, and other facilities on the first 3 floors, and the linking member between the 4-6 floors, and then 124 units on two towers. Linked on every third floor (as the units arrangement allowed for a corridor every 3 floors) are bridges that link the two towers between the 7-29th floors. On the 30-36 floors are larger apartments, and on the 37-39 floors are penthouses. The tower’s bridges have bat habitats underneath them, and they are elevated high enough not to be disturbed by the sounds of the city or by people.
my intent with this project and the expansion on the program was to create a building that acted as a beacon of what a skyscraper should be. It not only contained numerous green systems like a double skin (allowing for natural ventilation, and the aperture between the towers also facilitates natural ventilation), insulated glass, active shading, water reclamation, and more, but it also would have been the first tower to consciously integrate wildlife into the design (as bats tend to move throughout the city during the evening and early morning). I wanted this to be something grand to make a statement in a city that has always been conscious of the environment. The tower is 143m tall, so it would be the fourth tallest building in Portland if it was build.
The minecraft version is an updated design of the original, most notably, the top of the tower has been altered to balance with the bottom shape. The tower still has the diagrid pattern, but i was unable to do the double skin facade the project had. It is also taller, at 169m, and has 41 floors, rather than the original 39. On the roof of the south tower (the shorter one) is a rooftop infinity pool. The tower is located in the South Peninsula of the City.
I included images of the render, the physical model, and the initial sketch.
Tower: 31 x 41 x 170
Total: 49 x 64 x 170 (including surrounding land)
Using High Rossferry City Texture Pack
Thank you Darkone55
Download Echo Tower Schematic[/box]