Unit 3

Tower

About the show

The unit has examined the tower as an architectural project shaped by the specifics of a situation, devising projects that interact with the existing city – seeking ways to engage, negotiate and knit towers into complex situations.

The tower is at once one of the most exciting and problematic architectural and urban types.

As a consequence of sheer scale and capacity, the tower is inherently metropolitan, and yet this potential has become increasingly flattened to superficial gestures of surface and form, diagrammatic exercises in programmatic complexity, or pseudo-efficient acts of ‘rapid’ urbanisation. While the tower has always been deployed as an expression of socio-political, corporate or technical progress, its spatial and experiential potential across scales has largely been ignored in recent architectural discourse.

Lise Vabo

Exhibition details

Location Central House 2nd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Part 2
Unit Unit 3
Brazil Study Programme Brazil Study Programme

Students' work

 Lise Vabo
Unit 3 Image by Lise Vabo

São Paulo corner studies 

 Nadine Coetzee
Nadine Coetzee
Tectonic study Unit 3 RIBA2

Tectonic study 

 Ricky Kwok
Ricky Kwok
Balcony layers Unit 3 RIBA2

Balcony layers 

 Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook
Vyner Street study Unit 3 RIBA2

Vyner Street study 

 Megan McKeever
Megan McKeever
Public grounds model Unit 3 RIBA2

Public grounds model 

 Mark Henderson
Mark Henderson
Bethnal Green estates Unit 3 RIBA2

Bethnal Green estates 

 Wing-Shun Tang
Wing-Shun Tang
Library courtyard Unit 3 RIBA 2

Library courtyard 

 Gemma Holland
Gemma Holland
Tower approach Unit 3 RIBA 2

Tower approach 

 Ricky Kwok
Ricky Kwok
São Paulo block study Unit 3 RIBA 2

São Paulo block study 

 Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook
View to Minhocao Unit 3 RIBA 2

View to Minhocao 

 Lily Dowse
Lily Dowse
Urban strategy Unit 3 RIBA 2

Urban strategy 

 Lise Vabo
Lise Vabo
Façade detail

Façade detail 

 Jan Balbaligo
Jan Balbaligo
São Paulo block collage Unit 3 RIBA 2

São Paulo block collage 

 Nadine Coetzee
Nadine Coetzee
Yard model Unit 3 RIBA 2

Yard model 

 Dominic Kilbey
Dominic Kilbey
Urban strategy Unit 3 RIBA 2

Urban strategy 

 Gareth Price
Gareth Price
Street composition Unit 3 RIBA 2

Street composition 

 Oliver Joyce
Oliver Joyce
Bethnal Green arches study Unit 3 RIBA 2

Bethnal Green arches study 

 Philip Wright
Philip Wright
São João Unit 3 RIBA 2

São João 

 Helmi Valkola
Helmi Valkola
Proximity to Minhocao Unit 3 RIBA 2

Proximity to Minhocao 

 Megan McKeever
Megan McKeever
Working yard Unit 3 RIBA 2

Working yard