Building 1 was first a thought experiment in how to develop “garden” space in vertical buildings. The goal was also to have beautiful balconies that would give different views/vantage points.
In past years I’ve toyed around with the idea of a Rubik’s cube where each tier was shifted off-centre so that the corners of the lower tiers will act as a balcony space for the upper tiers. However, the design of a cube-shaped building was not as elegant as I liked.
Fast-forward to 2012, I drew the concept sketch one night while sitting in a Starbucks. It took me a few tries to get the working concept of what you see here. After drawing it, I realized it looks a bit like stacked sardine cans. Maybe that’s what I’ll call the Building. Maybe not.