Gallery: Parasitic Vertical Upside-Down Casino Latches onto the Hoover ...

Rather than putting a strip in the middle of the desert, why not take casinos straight to a source of power and water at the Hoover Dam? Architecture graduate Stephan Sobl designed the Vertical Strip for his graduate studies at University of Applied Arts in Vienna while exploring lightweight structures. The upside-down skyscraper is composed of lightweight carbon-fiber suspended from a concrete cantilever and wrapped with a shade-providing spiraling metal shell. Latching on to the side of the canyon, the tower is suspended above the Colorado River with views both up and down the canyon and of the Hoover Dam.

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  1. diponker2050 October 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    i want to know about it’s structure…………..

  2. anothervoice July 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Parasitic is right. I much prefer my natural world viewshed unimpeded by a self-indulgent design study.

    Did anybody stop to examine the impact this meme might generate? A hotel stretched out over the grand canyon? How about Yellowstone? THINK about how diminished the grandeur of these spaces become when we stick a built opject into them. THe value of the space is forever lost.

    If you’re going to design a parasitic structure, don’t grow it on a healthy host. Stick it (and I mean that in the nicest possible way,) on something that NEEDS improvement – NOT an inspiring natural viewshed.

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