Horizontal Tower for Harvard

rendering of interior of building

By Bijan Thornycroft (MArch ’19)

The tower results from infinite expansion within accepted control; a compromise invented in America as the setback. Setbacks allow for the ground to take over instead of the building. Land abounds while the building stretches out. To stretch in the horizontal direction means for the building to become a line, in plan, as opposed to a point. The building now divides instead of towers. To one side, a park; to the other, a plaza. Two for one. A learning center is the offering of choice by extreme separation, and thereby through extreme categorization. When selecting a place to learn, the choice is between a room of 100 people, 20, or one. Small, medium, large.