The Tower of Twelve embodies a unique blend of architectural imagination with technical engineering. The project is the aggregation of a series of modular blocks, each a rigid structure, assembled in a prescribed way to create an overall integrated structural system. The result is a visually complex assembly that appears void of any underlying “primary” support.
The typical challenges of engineering a complex structure were heightened in this case with the requirement that the piece had to be assembled on-site within one week with very little in the way of means-and-methods. Nous worked closely with the designer to identify points of alignment and concealed connections. The blocks structurally link together to create a continuous load-path to the ground without visually compromising the design aesthetic.
The piece is supported on a steel framed platform, calibrated to ensure global stability under high winds, which evenly distributes bearing forces into the soft top-soil of the polo fields. The individual blocks are made of dimensional wood framing combined with CNC fabricated plywood laminates. The laminated beams allowed for shaping and stiffening. When fully assembled, the front edge of the open face block performs as an irregular stacked portal frame providing a measure of lateral resistance.
CLIENT | Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
LOCATION | Indio, California
ARTIST | Bureau Spectacular
STAFF LEAD | Matthew Melnyk, SE
COMPLETED | 2016