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Sail-Shaped Skyscapers : olympia dumbo


Local design studio Hill West Architects finishes the Olympia Dumbo, which is a residential skyscraper made to look like the shape of a sail. It is located in Brooklyn and the design concept is inspired by the industrial roots of the location. The skyscraper measures 401 feet tall and has 33 stories resting on an angular podium. This structure reflects the curve of the off-ramp nearby behind the building. The entire building itself is clad in precast concrete panels that are all detailed with slim windows.

Stephen Hill, founding partner at Hill West Architects told Dezeen, “The building’s pre-cast concrete podium features substantial vertical elements inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge abutments and Dumbo’s historic buildings, while the glass and metal tower provides a holistic reference with its sail-like form. The tower tapers and twists as it grows higher, with the balconies projecting from each story to create an offset pattern and focus the view. As the light reflects the surface from different angles, the building comes alive in a way that complements the tones and textures of the neighbourhood.”

Image Credit: Pavel Bendov


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