I started this blog around the time I began to study architecture, as a way to track ideas of whatever scope and complexity, from a sketch to a building. Over time the site has become a chronicle and chronology of my thinking about architecture, from early experiments and speculative proposals to completed projects and buildings currently in progress. It is, inevitably, also a timeline of my professional education: studying with some of the best minds in architecture, working in influential practices, co-founding Bureau V, and eventually starting my own studio, PINCUS A+D.

Budapest Bank Tower

The Budapest Bank Tower we designed at Asymptote Architecture has won an international competition that included Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry among others.  The tower frames the view across the Danube in an industrial section that is being developed by the Orco Group (the competition organizers).  The 30 story tower is designed to incorporate a second tower, to be constructed later, and is set to become the tallest building in Budapest.

The scheme is based on a single line that projects through multiple vectors and is given volume through a series of hyperbolic projections.  The building is supported by a two rotating cores and a structural skin that we developed in collaboration with ARUP.  The mesh skin is based on experiments we conducted with perforated topologies and aggregation, where a surface would become less perforated under heavier loads and more perforated under light loads.

Asymptote Architecture: Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture