In Phoenix, Bjarke Ingels Puts Another Pin on the Map

It seems that developers in Phoenix, Arizona wanted to get in on the Bjarke Ingels craze, and they certainly got in on it. Bjarke’s firm BIG has been commissioned to design a mixed-use observation tower in downtown Phoenix, for which they have proposed an instant icon of sorts, a spherical spiraling ramp propped high atop a singular piloti like an oversized lollipop, towering 420 feet above the Valley of the Sun. As the project description specifies, “the Pin” consists of a reinforced concrete core and an open-air spiral sphere, which will contain commercial and recreational spaces and, of course, panoramic views abound. Ingels cites Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Guggenheim Museum rotunda as a reference, hoping to bring the same motion-setting mechanism to Phoenix, though lest we forget, the 20th-century architect already hasĀ a famous (but imperiled) spiraling ramp in Phoenix.

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- Kelly Chan