Typology for The Aesthetics and Top Design of Tall Buildings

Sev, Ayşin
October 2009
Gazi University Journal of Science;Oct2009, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p371
Academic Journal
The morphological character and the top is the most important component of the tall building in terms of its impression in the city silhouette. Designers of attractive tall buildings, whose investors tend to create a symbolic image, mostly prefer tops with aesthetic expressions. However many tall buildings with slipshod tops create unidentified skylines as it is the case for many modern cities of today. In this paper, the particular issue of visual impact and tops of tall buildings are addressed and a historical category system of seven periods is proposed. Then each period is illustrated in a series of outline figures showing the comparative heights and profiles of leading examples within each category. As a result, it is recognized that tall building design is a holistic process, and it is impossible to consider formal and aesthetic principles in isolation without reference to technology of the era, as well as the investors' demands. The impact of tall building tops involves a consideration of social values followed by scale and traditional design principles versus contemporary expression of architectural design objectives.


Related Articles

  • Towering ambition. Ashworth, Stephen // Lawyer;3/31/2008, Vol. 22 Issue 13, p27 

    The article explains the importance of having a lawyer on a panel that will decide over applications for the construction of tall buildings in Great Britain. The author says a lawyer is important in the scene because he can assess whether the proposed construction of tall business is instituted...

  • The tall building artistically reconsidered: the search for a skyscraper style. Hustable, Ada Louise // Architectural Record;Jan1984, Vol. 172 Issue 1, p63 

    Looks at the search for designing a skyscraper style. Primary issues of importance to the design of the tall building; Phases of skyscraper design; Factors that control the design of the skyscraper.

  • SCRAPING THE SKY in Burj Dubai. LaMothe, Carmelle // Appleseeds;Apr2009, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p19 

    The article provides information on the skyscraper, Burj Dubai, which is located in the United Arab Emirates. It notes that Burj Dubai became the tallest building built by humans on June 17, 2008. However, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) contends that the skyscraper...

  • Slick design for City site.  // Building Design;3/2/2007, Issue 1760, p6 

    The article reports that HKR Architects has submitted plans for the £74 million, 13-storey structure in London, England. According to project architect Zeya Win, the challenging site complicated efforts to make the design as sustainable as possible. He adds the building has a triple-glazed...

  • ONE ONE ONE EAGLE STREET. Moulis, Antony // Architecture Australia;Jan/Feb2013, Vol. 102 Issue 1, p44 

    The article reviews the architectural design of the high-rise tower at One One One Eagle Street in Brisbane, Queensland that was designed by Cox Rayner Architects.

  • Stopray proves the Point.  // Glass Age;May2004, Vol. 47 Issue 5, p63 

    Focuses on the design and construction of 'The Point,' a 11 storey building in London, England. Use of Glaverbel SA's Stopray glazing, a family of glass with a fine layer of precious metal, to ensure maximum comfort and minimum air conditioning and heating for its occupants; Reduction in solar...

  • Skyscrapers As Spaceships. Beato, Greg // Reason;Feb2012, Vol. 43 Issue 9, p16 

    The article discusses the origin of skyscrapers in the U.S. and their transformation with time. The construction of tall buildings started in the late 19th century, with Chicago, Illinois being the first city to have a tall building. In an essay, Keith D. Reveil, a professor of public...

  • SEE THE LIGHT. JEN, LESLIE // Canadian Architect;Feb2011, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p17 

    The article reviews the architectural design of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a complex designed by Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects as the home for the Toronto International Film Festival in Ontario.

  • YOUR SAY. Simmons, Richard; Foster, Richard; Stephenson, Roger; Skempton, Trevor; Lewis, Rob; Anderson, Colin // Building Design;3/2/2007, Issue 1760, p8 

    Several letters to the editor are presented in response to articles in previous issues. One letter is about the public inquiry into Rafael Viñly's design of the tower in London, England. Another letter is about the effect of the gross system of urban motorways. Another letter is about the...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics