All images courtesy of ATLV, renderings by Polyhedron Studio
The ‘Tower Pier’ by Satoru Sugihara of ATLV was created for a Flaunt magazine feature that imagines a mixed city composed of bits of London and Los Angeles. The conceptual architecture element explores the ethos of the two cities, and embodies their cultural similarities and differences. The ‘Tower Pier’ is located on the river Thames, and blurs the distinctions between the London Tower Bridge and the Santa Monica Pier. Also emphasized in the design, is a mixture of London’s high-tech futurism, LA’s expressive dynamism, and Venice beach’s festive graffiti culture.
Like other designs by ATLV, ‘Tower Pier’ was developed using algorithms. A swarm technique was utilized to create expressive, futuristic formations of metal cable and a physical simulation to optimize formation in relation to compressive truss structures. Massive, colorful strips of fabric were added to the concept in order to provide shading, and give the entire project a feeling of joviality. The ‘Tower Pier’ extends onto the river bank, where a park, small amphitheater, and viewing platforms are located.