We are trying to find an efficient, modular form from nature that can provide more possibilities at the same time.

First of all, we use hexagons to combine the space on the plane and try to create a shared public space on each floor. The porous space not only provides opportunities for people to communicate, but also allows air to pass through, making the interior environment of the building cool and comfortable in summer. Chimneys are formed in the atrium to enhance the heat dissipation of the building.

The combination and dispersion of units form a rich relationship between indoor and outdoor, enabling each household to have its own outdoor space and enjoy the chance of contact with nature. Residential space is organized around the core shared area, and the activities of the shared area can be directly known in one’s own residence.

But we have six towers. In order to meet people’s living needs, so we want more connections, but how do we connect them?

We decided to use a variety of structural combinations to achieve diversity in high-density residential buildings and public space available for all-day use. The upper part uses a suspended cable structure, the weight of which is borne by the suspended cable and then transferred to double barrel. The lower part uses an arch structure. Since the upper and lower parts use different structures, a column-free space can be created between them for people in the building.


Project aims to solve on a stage in the design of the legacy of problems — core tube caused by partially occupied the living space of tension, so the floor is designed to free space, depending on the four towers vertical core and connection of hollow beam of large scale bearing system, small scale bearing shall be borne by the outer envelop the load of each layer of each unit.

M03 Ecosystemic Structures is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, developed at Masters in Advanced Ecological Buildings in 2019/2020 by:

Students: Yue Zhang , Zhi qian Liu

Faculty: Elena Orte & Guillermo Sevillano