As the population grows, high-density apartments are striving to meet the increasing demand for housing. However, providing sufficient public space within these areas poses a challenge. Constructing a massive, fixed public area in an apartment complex isn’t ideal as it may not always cater to the diverse needs of residents, and the associated costs can be exorbitant.
Introducing the Expandable Skyscraper – a groundbreaking concept inspired by kelp’s biomimicry. In kelp, each leaf has an air bladder to support its reach towards the water surface for photosynthesis. In the Expandable Skyscraper project, the public area dynamically expands based on the number of users inside. The expandable public space takes on a spiral shape, forming interconnected rooms via tube-like pathways. The design is ingenious: when no users are present (0%), the public room maintains a square shape. As the number of users increases (50%-100%), the shape transforms into a sphere. In scenarios with a substantial number of users (101%-150%), the shape becomes non-uniform.
This innovative process occurs through the extension and straightening of joints in metallic cylinders, layered to serve as the foundation, structure, and ceiling for the public area. This approach ensures that the public space efficiently adapts to the changing needs of residents while minimizing construction costs.