Jenga-like high-rise connects residents with the world

Radical high-rise would feature steel cantilvered modules emerging from a concrete main tower.

Let’s pretend for a moment that buildings are built out of Jenga blocks. For the past century or so, skyscrapers have more or less been built from pieces that are uniformly stacked on top of one another vertically, creating solid, streamlined structures.

We did this because it was efficient: it saved space in dense urban environments and was easy to construct. It didn’t hurt that the towers looked pretty cool, too.

Now imagine that someone came along, plucked a few of those Jenga blocks out of the tower, flipped them horizontally, stuck them back into the edifice, and walked away.

What are you left with? Something that looks a lot like the tower that architect Ole Scheeren is proposing for Vancouver.

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