Guide offers understanding of elements that create successful multi-floor communal spaces

CTBUH technical document analyzes how to approach tall urban habitat.

November 19, 2018 |

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has released a guide highlighting case studies of large, multi-floor communal spaces around the world.

“The Space Within: Skyspaces in Tall Buildings,” analyzes how to approach urban habitat within tall buildings in a broad mix of building functions to better understand the ingredients that make them successful. Although skyscrapers are typically celebrated for their visual impact on the skyline or as places to view a city, the quality of their interior spaces needs to be more strongly considered, CTBUH says.

The interiors of tall buildings provide an opportunity to create habitable, communal space in increasingly dense, vertical cities. The guide is the product of more than a year’s research by the CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, CTBUH staff, and a research team of architecture students from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

It provides case studies of large, multi-floor communal spaces in locations around the world, in a broad mix of building functions, in different climates, and at different scales.

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