with a design inspired by the power of nature, shanghai-based studio 00group presents its proposal for a competition to create a new landmark for iceland. the competition, organized by bee breeders, called for an observation tower and small visitor center proposal on a site overlooking vogagjá – a spectacular ground fissure resulting from seismic activity. 00group’s design is called ‘anchor of the plates’ and like the name suggests, it’s articulated by a pair of ‘anchors’ bridging the two different tectonic plates.
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00group‘s competition entry is informed by iceland’s unique geography. the prospective design attempts to coordinate with nature by adding ‘anchors’ across the fissure. the observation towers act as a boat trying to pull these two plates together and further reveal the tension beneath visually and metaphorically. it indicates the mirror but insistent human power under such a grand circumstance.
connecting the two buildings is a skinny rope bridge, which is designed to reflect delicate machine aesthetics. the systematic gears link to interior space. as the cracks increase, the gear system of the rope bridge can automatically adjust the appropriate distance and reflect the data to the center gear in the interior hall. overall, the geometry of the observation tower is shaped to be subtle yet powerful. in wild nature, it casts the sun and shadow and indicates the significance of the land. under the force of traction, the massing is squeezed into blocks organically.