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Floating Nest – A Very Interesting Concept

The Loft London Farm Tower in the form of animaginary gigantic tree in whose artificial crown two big loft formations areplaced as floating nests. The vision of an unprecedented zest for life (joie de vivre) while, at the sametime, utilising the entire Metropolitan logistics.

The “floating nest concept” is basedon a high exploitation of the air space above the respective plot of land inconnection with a minimal impact on the available plot area. Even after theimplementation of the project, the unrestricted panoramic view over the Thames ofall neighbouring buildings will remain barrier-free to the greatest possibleextent, since the air space below the treetop reaches a height of 35 metres.The treetop itself consists of three compact rings with a diameter of 100 metreseach, containing an mesh-type supporting structure clamped in-between on whichnatural vegetation can grow. These three rings are fixed on supporting columns witha height of 35 metres. Thus, the entire tree construction reaches a height of135 metres in total. All rings are arranged at equal distances of 40 metres andare situated on a longitudinal axis parallel to the river Thames. In the areaof the outdoor facility, there are only the supporting columns (abstracted boles)integrated in the entire open space design. These columns not only assume the supportingfunction for the treetop, but also the development function (preparation) ofthe whole “floating nest community”. Besides the staircases, thecolumns comprise all necessary supply units as well as two elevators, which aremoving on their outer edge towards the treetop, following the outer edge of thering construction. This circulation around the floating nests outside the treetopin free space represents an additional adventure for each visitor (orresident). All elevator stations are connected with the floating nest levels bybridges.

The artificial treetop not only assumes the supportingand development function for the floating nests, but will also be used as animportant agricultural area for vertical farming. As a result, e.g. algae canbe produced (for biopetroleum) within predefined organically shaped netconstructions. Supply and maintenance of these agricultural facilities will be ensuredby moveable bridge constructions, which are placed on rails between the ringson their inner edges. An additional effect of this artificial treetop is thecreation of an oasis-like environment embracing the floating nests below atransparent green screening. This enables every resident or visitor to enjoythe entire panoramic view across London’s city centre.

The floating nests as two loosely connected loftformations are fixed with tie rods within the treetop realm in a floatingposition. Each “nest” consists of 16 levels, which are shaped in the form ofgigantic green leafs. These leafs are staggered on top of each other. Theirnatural leaf structure will be reflected in the floor segmentation as well asthe wall configuration of the individual levels. In this way, the midrib of theleaves takes over the function of the longitudinal allotment corridor, the sideribs take over the function of the lateral space boundaries and side corridorsrespectively. All levels are developed by internal staircases, each of which ispositioned on the ring axis. The levels are connected to the rings by glazedstair towers in the lower air space,

The main utilization of all nest levels isdefined as a mixture of vertical farming and inhabitable loft areas. On the topfloors, there will be gastronomy and shops. A part of the underground parkinglot, which is situated below the entire plot area, will be available for allresidents and visitors of the floating nests.

Ecological awareness and sustainability of thewhole “floating nest” concept will particularly be ensured by using geothermalenergy for heating and cooling as well as by using thermal solar energy for LEDlighting (including ultraviolet radiation) for the supply of all agricultural areas.

Project Idea by : Architect Peter Stasek











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