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HAMILTON | Fibroblast Tower | 570 M | ? FLOORS | VISION

Vision & Concept by: DPAI Architecture Inc.

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Introducing our Fibroblast Tower design:

This prosthetic intervention was designed to begin the healing process of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve which acts as both a connector and divider within the city of Hamilton, Canada. Viewed as a barrier to travel and the movement of goods, this land formation has been scarred with roads, paths and funicular railways in attempts to overcome travel challenges.

A fibroblast is a type of cell that manufactures and maintains connective tissue. It plays a critical role in an immune response to a tissue injury and the healing of wounds. Our fibroblast design repairs the escarpment's surface which has been damaged, providing safe and functional transit for both humans and wildlife.

Fibroblast bridges the existing dysfunctional relationship wherein the escarpment has become a symbol of the City’s political and environmental shortcomings. The tower stands to reconnect through healing and to acknowledge the fragility and importance of the ecosystem in which we live.
- DPAI Architecture Inc.
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Fibroblast is a prosthetic intervention that is designed to begin the healing process of a natural ecosystem, the Niagara Escarpment. Seen as a barrier, the residents of the City of Hamilton, Ontario have attempted to conquer this World Biosphere Refuge by scarring its surface with roads, paths, and funicular railways to overcome travel challenges. The result is a dysfunctional relationship where the escarpment has become a symbol of the City’s political and environmental shortcomings.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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Playing the same role as its namesake, Fibroblast functions as a connective scar tissue, bridging the infrastructural and socioeconomic divide created by the escarpment, as well as the environmental wound created by existing roadways.

A fibroblast is a type of cell that manufactures and maintains connective tissue; the structural framework in animal tissues. Besides their commonly known role as structural components, fibroblasts play a critical role in an immune response to a tissue injury, and the healing of wounds. Fibroblasts produce collagen, a primary component of scar tissue.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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The Fibroblast Tower plays both a practical and symbolic role in healing the practical, physical, social and political divisions that the escarpment exacerbates. It accommodates pedestrian, automobile and public transportation, while connecting cycling infrastructure above and below. It reconnects the wildlife highway and provides new bird habitats to support the natural ecosystem. It allows the escarpment to live, breathe, and erode as a living landform, in harmony with the animal and human inhabitants that live near or on it.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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The habitable environments in the tower provide democratic and universal access to multi modal transportation, recreation, and spectacular views for all residents, regardless of ability or whether they live in the upper or lower city. More importantly is allows opportunities for upper and lower city dwellers to commune with one another on many different levels. As the tallest free-standing structure in the region, it will be visible from many vantage points on land and water more than 100 kilometers away. It serves as an important symbolic landmark of a newly unified, connected, and healing city.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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Waterfall between the two levels of the path. The upper pod acts as the intermediate metro station while the lower pod functions as an open air market.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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The wild life corridor weaves through the paths but is completely inaccessible from them. Only hikers along the Bruce trail have access to it.

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Interior view looking up into the bird sanctuary from the top platform of the tower accessible by the public.

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Tower plan: The tower functions both as a vertical public park, and as an extension of the escarpment’s natural ecosystem. The pods that surround each level of the tower function not only as observation platforms, but also as pools and planting beds with enough depth to accommodate the root system of a large tree.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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Tower section: The tower functions both as a vertical public park, and as an extension of the escarpment’s natural ecosystem. The pods that surround each level of the tower function not only as observation platforms, but also as pools and planting beds with enough depth to accommodate the root system of a large tree.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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Plans of park pods along the path.

Fibroblast Tower by DPAI Architecture Inc.
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