In high-rise housing two seemingly contradictory scales have to be harmonized. On the one hand there is the giant scale of the building, on the other the ‘fine grain’ of the individual apartment. If a large-scale apartment building has a well-designed appearance that distinguishes it from the majority of residential towers, the building obtains an iconic quality that makes the inhabitants feel proud to live there and the passers-by envious for not living there. Next, residential architecture always has to refer to the human scale. The incorporation of the small-scale in a building, preferably by the application of recognizable elements like singular window frames and balconies, make inhabitants feel related to their homes.
Concerning the materials that are suitable for a residential complex as big as Wellton Towers, our client invited us to use glass fiber-reinforced concrete for the facades, because Krost has recently developed a revolutionary method for applying this material directly on the building site. Glass fiber- reinforced concrete opens up a complete new world of aesthetic possibilities. It challenged us to ‘reboot’ our way of thinking.