For the competition, New York-based architectural designer, artist and photographer Beomki Lee together with Suk Lee have proposed ‘Green Showers’, a project that invigorates the city centre by creating new homes and recreational nature areas not only for the residents but for all the Hamburg community.
The entry was developed following two major concepts: the creation of an urban interior, and of a vertical village, where the citizens can be architecturally and spatially relieved from the daily urban life.
The design proposes a squared frame with thick walls where a vertical garden grows, and with a park in the center, creating a unique experience of a green interior space that flows from the sky into the ground. Two oblique cuts were created at each outer corner of the walls to invite everyone around. Each floor of the vertical structure has various residential type apartments and communal spaces adjacent to the circulation core, encouraging social interaction between the different people.
The six storeys of mixed residential units with the semi-public rooftop space define the concept of the vertical villa. Glazing layers with different finishes, transparencies and reflectivity are carefully applied to reveal public interaction while providing privacy for the residents. Every floor is environmentally controlled by a double skin on one end and vegetation in the other.