The Tall Buildings Teaching and Research Group at Nottingham University was set up formally in 2004.
For several years Antony Wood has been giving his students projects to design high-rise buildings that relate to specific sites. Two of the projects involved creating alternative designs for some of the most high-profile 'tall' sites in London, the site of KPF's Heron Tower and of Grimshaw's Minerva (recently severely reduced). Another concerned the creation of 'cities in the sky', using skybridges as links.
On the site of the proposed Minerva Tower, this scheme interprets office and residential functions as 'ribbons' which fold in and out of each other as they wind up the tower. The ribbons form the main floorplates, with the crossover area between them containing the main vertical circulation.
This project, on the site of the Heron Tower, recognises that, for a residential tower in the UK, the core should be to the north of the floor plate and, for an office tower, to the south.
It provides alternating six-storey 'blocks' of each function, shifted north or south relative to the static core.
This project explores a series of tall buildings throughout the city, linked by sky bridges- including a direct plug-in to the tube network. Recalling the work of Archigram, the Japanese Metabolists and science-fiction films, it contains all aspects of community, including cinemas, farms and factories.