Foster + Partners build helipad on Empire State

Foster+Partners put their own twist on the Frank Lloyd Wright 'Falling Water' Lego craze


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Well not quite... but we’d like to both draw your attention to Lego's rather fine architecture and monument series and also to what finer minds than ours can come up with when sat in front of them. 

Lego, as we know, has been inspiring mini architects and designers since 1949. At the behest of Icon magazine, during a rare afternoon off Foster + Partners set about merging two of the most iconic structures of the 20th century.

So if you've ever wondered (and of course you have) what an eco-version of William F Lamb's Empire State Building and Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water would look like if proposed as a single, mixed use building - somewhere to both live and work - here's your answer.

"By turning the Empire State upside down, its famous staggered peak shades the spaces below," says a spokesman for Sir Norman. "This also increases the area at the top of the building, where we can maximise natural light and views. Crowning the whole composition is a helipad and the Empire State’s iconic spire. Water falls down through a sequence of hanging gardens and landscaped terraces into pools at the base. The signage forms a rotating sail that could help power the building."

And if you think at around the two-minute mark the video feels a little bit long, remember that Lamb designed the entire Empire State Building in just two weeks.



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