Third Assignment

30 St Mary Axe – Foster + Partners, London (UK), 2003

For this project, the first applicable key is wireframe. We can clearly notice how the structural system of the tower is identified by a mesh of supports and beams on the outer edge of each floor, delineating the facade.
Secondly, discretize is a good key to analyze the building: we can in fact notice how the facade of the building is composed by a several triangular glass panels that intersect with the structural mesh, giving off a round and smooth appearance.
Finally, we could use shape as a descriptive key. The building could be considered as an initial simplified cone: though enlargement and reduction of the horizontal sections (slabs) of said cone, we are able to determine a volume like the final result.

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