Oklahoma firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd has presented its vision to build a skyscraper shaped like a tornado on top of a Tulsa parking garage. The towering structure, proposed within the region known as Tornado Alley, is designed to include a museum dedicated to weather, a storm research center and a revolving rooftop bar and restaurant and would be illuminated to appear to be slowly spinning.
Kinslow, Keith & Todd came up with the design after being asked by Tulsa People magazine for explore ways to rejuvenate the downtown area of the US city.
"The concept started as a way to get a revolving restaurant up high enough to have great sight lines of downtown, the Arkansas River, and the Osage Hills," explains studio co-founder Andrew Kinslow. "As we worked on ways to make it more interesting than just a stick with a round restaurant on top, the swirling of a tornado concept was born."
Conceived with a height of between 75 and 90 meters, the tower would be built on top of a two-story 1920s-era warehouse, believed to have once housed trucking and vending companies. This location is a convenient distance from two local tourist attractions – the BOK Center and Cox Business Center. The exterior would be a mixture of glass and perforated metal, and the planted roof is envisioned as a garden of native Oklahoma grasses and plants.
Known as the Oklahoma Weather Museum & Research Center, the building could also include a training center for storm chasers – researchers who follow tornadoes – as well as a broadcast station and cameras for local TV channels and weather reporters.