Vittorio Giorgini

Walking Tall, 1981-1983

The Walking Tall project, a skyscraper designed in 1982-1983 for New York illustrates the degree of complexity and sophistication Giorgini reached in his spatial experimentation, employing new industrial techniques (specific technologies for light structures). In both form and purpose, the design for this building of over 250 meters in height was presented as an alternative to the typical office towers in the neighborhood. An asymmetrical beam runs around the base sheltering a shopping center and creating the transition between street level and the stories above. The central core of the building comprises apartments, offices and diverse facilities, and the tetrahedral element at the summit houses an observation deck as well as rooms intended for public activities. Giorgini’s technological innovations are most obvious in his utilization of reticular beams, spatial mesh and tensile structures composed of both symmetrical and asymmetrical modules. The main static system of this elevated building consists of a central oblique steel tree from the tip of which three smaller trees fan out. Each of these smaller trees is held in balance by a double pair of steel cables, whose intersecting points define the triangular sections of the building’s surface.

Walking Tall

Tensile Tower, Alternative Proposal, East Elevation, éch. 1:500

Dessin

Encre sur calque

91 x 61 x

1982

016 072 012

Maquette
Carton, bois, métal
190 x 95 x 115
1982-1983
002 17 08

Ech. 1:500
Maquette
Bois, laiton
83 x 47 x 77
1982-1983
002 17 09

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Crayon graphite et crayon de couleur sur calque
39.2 x 27.5
1981
016 072 005

Tensile Tower, Alternative Proposal, North Elevation, éch. 1:500
Dessin
Encre sur calque
91 x 61
1982
016 072 001

Tensile Tower, Alternative Proposal, Ground Level, éch. 1:500
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Encre sur calque
61 x 91
1982
016 072 002

Tensile Tower, Alternative Proposal, South Elevation, éch. 1:500
Dessin
Encre sur calque
91 x 61
1982
016 072 003

Tensile Tower, Alternative Proposal, East Elevation, éch. 1:500
Dessin
Encre sur calque
91 x 61
1982
016 072 012

Tensile Tower, Alternative Proposal, 1. Roof Level, 2. Tetraprismic Walk, éch. 1:500
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Encre sur calque
61 x 91
1982
016 072 013

Tensile Tower, Alternative Proposal, N. S. Section, éch. 1:500
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Encre sur calque
91 x 61
1982
016 072 014

Dessin
Feutre sur calque
109 x 91.5
s. d.
016 072 006

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Crayon graphite et crayon de couleur sur calque
31.2 x 25.5
s. d.
016 072 007

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Encre sur papier
33.1 x 21.6
s. d.
016 072 008

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Encre sur papier
33 x 21.5
s. d.
016 072 009

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Encre sur papier
46.2 x 70
s. d.
016 072 015

Dessin
Feutre sur calque
83 x 91.2
s. d.
016 072 016

Dessin
Tirage sur papier
29.7 x 42.1
s. d.
016 072 018

Dessin
Tirage sur papier
29.7 x 42.1
s. d.
016 072 019

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