Buildings With Stilts & Cantilevers

Which skyscrapers have floors suspended by stilts/cantilevers/arches/etc?
(Observation towers don’t count.)

I’ll start with one of the most famous examples: Citigroup Center in New York.

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I’d exclude columns from the comment description, all buildings have columns or load bearing walls.

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Done! Thanks for the feedback.

Got a building?

Cool idea. I’ll start with an obscure one: Stilts Building in Hartford CT (Irwin Joseph Hirsch Architect, 1981)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25229906@N00/31959786517

Rainier Tower in Seattle (Minoru Yamasaki, architect, 1977)


https://buffaloah.com/a/virtual/us/seatt/rain/rain.html

Base of the Cheesegrater in London (Rogers Stirk Harbour Architects, 2014)


https://rshp.com/projects/office/the-leadenhall-building/

Unbuilt proposal for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Architects, 1969)

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Italian Embassy in Brasilia (Pier Luigi Nervi, architect, 1976)

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/483714816204336508/

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Boston Federal Reserve Building
(which I think is a good example of Brutalism).


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I don’t know if it’s an architecturally accurate term, but I think of these as “stilts.”

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I would agree with that, and it’s definitely an architecturally appropriate term. :+1:It’s the rule of rectangles, all stilts are columns but not all columns act as stilts alone.

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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale (Gordon Bunshaft/SOM, architects, 1963)


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/beinecke-rare-book-and-manuscript-library–561894490991462848/


https://www.som.com/projects/yale-university-beinecke-rare-book-and-manuscript-library/

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Don’t forget its cor-ten twin on the same stilts: Uris Hall at Cornell!

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While we’re in the world of university campuses, I have to include UCLA’s Bunche Hall. This was part of my daily walk to classes when I was an undergrad. Even though I thought it was the ugliest building in the world, it’s undeniably impressive to walk beneath.


(Wikimedia Commons)

(@mr.elizaga)

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It’s not a skyscraper, but the San Antonio Pyramid building.

And some more in Boston…

100 Federal Street

South Station Tower under construction.
The building is being built over the arched train plaza.



Bank of America Financial Center

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How could we forget the Eiffel Tower?

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Civic Tower, Sydney. The Masonic Centre below was completed in 1978, the tower was only started and finished about 25 years later, to the original 1970s design:



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The sadly never-built 2 Bond Street project in Sydney, from 1988:

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The architect was the late Australian architect, John Andrews, whose international commissions included the CN Tower in Toronto and the former Intelsat HQ in Washington DC.

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I think we had this in a different thread earlier.

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Here NEW YORK | 701 W 135th St | 71FT | 7FL

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A proposed skyscraper on stilts on top of a historic building in England.

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Very sad news about the Birmingham, England proposal

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Some cool/weird never-built buildings in this article.

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