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April 14, 2014 AT 9:00 am

Architects Imagine A “Living Skyscraper” That’s One With Nature

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Chilean architects Diego Espinosa Figueroa and Javiera Valenzuela Gonzalez proposed a skyscraper that’s inextricably infused with nature, via The Creators Project.

We’ve seen skyscraper-tall vertical gardens before, but the concept design for “Re-Silience” is some next-level greenery. The building, proposed by Diego Espinosa Figueroa, and Javiera Valenzuela Gonzalez of Chile, sets to create structure by treating biomass and soil as “one in the same.”

The structure is based on observations of natural forms like honeycombs, coral reefs, and ant nests. It would have an energy system composed by geothermal plant and solar panels, a water system that collects rainwater and underground water, and a platform system that connects the main floors with habitable capsules. Not only would the structure be made of earth, but based on the sketches, it appears like the semi-cavernous skyscraper would have moss-covered walls, as well.

Of course, this is all concept design, but imagine living in an apartment complex that is literally one with nature. Sure, mold would be a natural occurence, but the air couldn’t get fresher. ..

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