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Tranny Shack: Massing Legibility

How much fun would this be?
[Drawing: Transbay Center Residential Unique Space, Credit and Copyright: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners]

From the Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners site, a bit of animation plus massive info about their design for Tranny Shack. It's probably the most radical of the three designs, visually, breaking up the functions into pods and putting the elevators (pray for glass elevators) and much of the structure's skeleton outside. Instead of one tall monolith.

Structural clarity is really about truth telling, about putting elements typically hidden inside a building on the outside. Visual honesty in how the structure stands, visual delight in the elements themselves and a public comprehension in the geometry of the structural parts are celebrated in the expression of the Transbay Tower design... As with structure, a building’s function can often be masked by the building’s “skin”. Rather than hide the Transbay Tower’s varying uses – commercial, hotel and residential – we have sought to make them distinct by employing what is commonly called massing legibility.As opposed to something comprehensible, like legible massing. To think that in the last century we used to be able to fold all that up into form follows function. Still, makes One Rincon Hill look positively suburban.
· Transbay Transit Center [Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners]