A well-designed building has many elements. One way of taking both the people and the architecture to the next level is by wisely designing vertical circulation.
Vertical circulation refers to moving up and down a building, accessing the various floors and levels it has. The circulation path should be clear, unobstructed, and accessible to all. The vertical circulation system can be choreographed to give the users a unique experience.
The 5 major types of vertical circulation are-
Camp Adventure Observation Tower by EFFEKT, Denmark
This building provides a unique experience through the forest trees by simply connecting the boardwalk and the tower through a spiraling ramp. The design is such that it is accessible even to those with physical disabilities and provides a 360-degree view.
The Ribbon Chapel, Japan by Hiroshi Nakamura
Centre De Pompidou, Paris by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano
In this museum building, the bright red escalator is situated on the facade, true to the hi-tech style that the building has been built in.
It takes the users all the way from the lowest to the topmost floor.
Maison bordeaux, France by Rem Koolhas
This house embodies Kolhaas’ philosophy that the house is a machine for living.
The three floors of the house are connected by a 3mx3.5m platform that moves across the levels. The platform acts as a kinetic room, accessible by the basement, kitchen, and bedroom on different floors.
The Yellow Train School, Coimbatore by Chitra Vishwanath
This school focuses on the physical and mental well-being of children along with academics.
A fun alternate circulation path especially for the students the ladders and slides that connect intermittent floors.
With some experimenting, vertical circulation can be used for more than just transporting people and can become the defining element of a building.
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