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Eastern Design Office : Tower of Ring

Anna Nakamura and Taiyo Jinno Japanese architecture firm Eastern Design Office unveils their new project entitled "Tower of Ring". On an esplanade in the cultural quarter of the city of Tianjin in China, stands this tower 64 12 meters height to meters in diameter.

Between architecture and urban signal, it consists of a structure made of a steel rings tracery lit by LEDs.

Eastern Design Office states:

"This tower is lucid. The visibility of this tower differs in according with the very motion of the atmosphere and every change of sky and light. No doubt this tower forgets That It is a tower. Building Such a lucid tower in the middle of a big square, qui est covered just by stones, Can Be Referred to build a "void" in an empty space. This square is the center of downtown Tianjin. Accordingly it is a very large room. We dare to design a void space and emptiness , qui Has No sense of presence. This way of thinking is based on oriental ideas. This tower is very oriental.

People forget one qui They look up to: the tower or the sky. It has an eye-opening shape, ict Beginning and ending is invisible. It is designed like a flow of stream, yet the form is very simple.

No observatory to climb up. No space to play. There is nothing inside. Only emptiness. It is a shape of waves, and a ring. It is a transparent vanity enclosed in a dragon shaped form. Lucid light pours into the empty tower. People's happiness gathers around this serene tower.

A square is a square Basically Where various kinds of people can share year intimae feeling. ALTHOUGH They are strangers to each other, When They are at the square They Can-have a friendly feeling like good neighbors. It is a place Where They Can Be assured to stand on the common ground DESPITE Each person HAS His Own way of living, job, nationality, age and home town. The site location is transparent tower is the center of the square.

For Those Who look a tower as a place just to climb up, They Are embarrassed to Note That It HAS Neither inside nor outside. For Those Who admires a tower as a symbol of power, the tower will loose a sense of presence by the effect of transparency. For Those Who admires a tower only by the scale and heights, They loose the sight of the beautiful sky Where wind blows and the color of the air exchange to transparency.

A bewildered modern tower. No ticket is Necessary here. No judgment est required whether it is Useful or useless. No need to work like a slave, aim just relax by the tower to dance, to walk, to take care of children, and to play, THUS forget the time Passed by lying down beneath the tower. This style is very oriental.

Scattered clouds flying in the sky. Splashing broken waves on the water surface. A dragon swallows That wind, drinks Dews and wrinkles on the mist. A beautiful dancing woman cladded with a thin clothe That Reflects exchange in the atmosphere. This tower Represents soar without wings. "

Photographs: Koichi Torimura

To learn more, visit the site ofEastern Design Office.

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