The Rejuvenation of a Tall Building

Albert Williamson-Taylor
AKTII, London

The incredibly rapid urbanization observed in many of the larger cities in the world is forcing society, and the construction industry in particular, to think of new ways to address this enormous demand. As cities grow, land becomes more valuable and thus scarcer; over time this land is also overdeveloped, as over the years different buildings are constructed in the same footprint. This presentation discussed the merits of a different approach to the same question: how can more habitable space be created in the ever-decreasing available footprints? The South Bank Tower project in Central London posed a set of answers by pushing its existing structure to new limits through the addition of 11 floors on top of the existing 30-story tower.

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