transportable tourist tower by jose pequeno
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feb 20, 2013
transportable tourist tower by jose pequeno

‘transportable tourist tower (TTT)’ by jose pequeno, various locations

image © andreas rocha
all images courtesy of jose pequeno



the ultimate in the marriage of aesthetics, functionality, modularity, portability and sustainability, the ‘transportable tourist tower (TTT)’ by portuguese
architect jose pequeno in collaboration with the dst group made its debut at the 2010 shanghai expo and has since made its way across the globe.
with the combination of a cleverly designed prefabricated structure that optimizes interior area and new revolutionary technologies, the tower represents
a new type of habitability that could prove extremely useful beyond its current use as a tourist information post and temporary installation. the construct
can be built with almost any wood – a potentially 100% renewable resource – and glass, a 100% recyclable material. needing as little as 10 square-meters
for its installation, the three storey vertical tower returns an extremely efficient floor to area ratio as it takes up a very small footprint. its various facade
screens and panels filter the necessary light which make it adaptable to any location and climate, and although it takes up a minimal area on site, it
contains a bathroom, kitchen, dining area, living space, study, bedroom, and a rooftop deck.



architect jose pequeno describes the design (language: protuguese)
video © fernando teigao dos santos



image © andreas rocha



installable in any location
image © andreas rocha



adding to the project’s dynamic characteristics, in addition to being implemented as a singular vertical edifice it can also be used horizontally as well.
a minimal steel structure provides four control points from which a small crane can easily move the structure. this also allows for the stacking of the
units to create a larger composite building with flexible modules that can be replaced, removed, or added onto almost infinitely. the sustainable features
of the tower revolve around three basic principles: ‘the economic and strategic viability of its implementation; environmental commitment with the use
of solar energy systems; and a socio-cultural support based on a constructive approximation to nature.’ one of the new technologies used in the construction
is the innovative et3 structural timber-glass panel. these versatile components can be used as a floor or ceiling slab, or a vertical wall, and integrate active
and passive solar energy systems and bioclimatic functions that ensure optimal insulation and energy efficiency. perhaps the most important part of the
entire construction, of the whole unit down to the individual et3 panels, is their ability to be deconstructed and completely re-used to almost any application.



image © andreas rocha



horizontal stack-able application
image © andreas rocha



spaces defined by its use
image © andreas rocha



(left) at the shanghai expo 2010
image © amanda fan
(right) in use
image © cheng minshe / xinhua news agency



illumination at night
image © hugo delgado



upper private floors screened by wood panels
image © hugo delgado



transparent lower floor
image © hugo delgado



image © hugo delgado



corner detail
image © hugo delgado



et3 timber-glass panel
image © hugo delgado



ground floor kitchen area
image © hugo delgado



image © hugo delgado



all wooden interior with integrated fittings and various views
image © hugo delgado



study area
image © hugo delgado



interior lighting
image © hugo delgado



image © amanda fan



image © hugo delgado



bedroom and bathroom
image © amanda fan



view down into the structure
image © hugo delgado




(left) construction: primary steel frame
(right) transported by attaching to the steel frame
images © jose pequeno



images © jose pequeno



moved by as little as one small crane



steel spine makes for an easy displacement



loading onto truck bed








various floor plan configurations



(left) section
(right) elevation




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