Applying “other way round” thinking to architecture
Number 13 of the 40 Inventive Principles of Problem Solving is “the other way round”.
Amidst much eye-rolling, Google has introduced the concept of the “landscraper”, a skyscraper turned on its side so that rather than being tall, it is wide, a building turned “the other way round.” This building, to be built in London, England, will feature elevators that go sideways.
Top floor for nearly everyone
It’s not clear to me what problem this solves, but it is an interesting example of innovative thinking.
Perhaps it is a way to address “positional good” distribution, i.e. since not everybody can occupy the top floors in a skyscraper, this lets more people occupy the “best” floors.
What could be improved with Principle 13? Is Google barking up, or along, the right tree?