Folly #6


Osaka, Japan

EXPO Osaka


Funder Werk 3 Flying Garden Tower

Project Description

Folly for EXPO '90

To us, the folly is not simply a twenty-five-meter-high tower with an observatory platform, but a prospective study, or sculpture, of future buildings.

Elements of it can and will appear within our upcoming projects. Certain parts - the head, body and construction - are in fact outlined elements of a six-storey-high building of steel and glass.

The project was developed from a sketch which contained the basic concept and all the main elements. This sketch was immediately translated into a sketch model which depicted the shape, proportion and basic structural system. The sketch model was subjected to our computerized "photogrammetric process” which defined the object in terms of the XYZ-coordinate system and allowed us to perceive it in a three-dimensional way. On the basis of this information, we developed the structure and the details without losing the sculptural quality of the very first instant of design.

This is the way we design all our projects, whether they are sculptures or high-rises.

Model 1:50




COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
Project Architect: Frank Stepper
Project Manager: Hitoshi Abe
Structural Design: Franz Sam
Project Team: Stacey O.Johnigarn, Arthur Wrigglesworth


Structural Engineering: Oskar Graf, Vienna, Austria
Design Coordinator: Hajime Yatsuka
Site Architect: Toshikazu Ishida
Site Structural Engineering: Norihide Imagawa


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