LYCS architecture: writhing tower
LYCS architecture: writhing tower
jun 12, 2012

LYCS architecture: writhing tower

‘writhing tower’ by LYCS architecture, lima, peru all images courtesy of LYCS architecture




china-based firm LYCS architecture has sent us images of their proposal for ‘writhing tower’, a sky condo located in the residential zones in lima, peru. each unit is rotated on a 45 degree angle to create a cruciform shaped plan and to give the appearance of a linear hinged volume. it enables each suite to have uninterrupted vistas to the public park at the front of the site, and the ocean at the rear of the location. the layout also block views to the apartment above and below it creating privacy.

LYCS architecture: writhing tower exterior view




each suite is a two-story townhouse, with a terrace for a garden and a pool with a deck. because of the geometric position of the overall tower, each patio is able to receive the tropical sunshine and breeze. the metal hyper that connects the second floor plate to the underside of the unit above projects the user’s view out from the structure to blend the two box geometries. it takes on the appearance of being twisted from division to division, up the tower. a mesh triangle is added to provide additional sun protection and synthetic connection to the form.

LYCS architecture: writhing tower interior view

LYCS architecture: writhing tower model detail

LYCS architecture: writhing tower model

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LYCS architecture: writhing tower roof level

LYCS architecture: writhing tower section

LYCS architecture: writhing tower section




project info:


project date: march 2012 status: concept design team: hao ruan, devin jernigan, vedrana puhalo, max peterschmidt image credit: LYCS architecture overall project area: 9507m2 roof: 279m2 typical duplex: 524m2 (x10) living: 326m2 terrace: 140m2 duplex service: 58m2 ground floor: 364m2 coffee shop: 238 m2 administration office: 51m2 lobby and doorman: 51m2 service: 24m2 parking level: 906 m2 (x4) capacity: 96 spaces parking service: 69m2

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