Architects Propose World’s Tallest Tower in NYC That Eats Up Carbon
French architecture firm Rescubika created a proposal for a 2,418-foot tower covered with 10,000 plants on Roosevelt Island, via My Modern Met
The latest conceptual project from architecture firm Rescubika envisions a soaring “green” residential tower on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. The building pushes the limit of current sustainability practices and reimagines modern living in a dense urban future. Dramatic renderings of the tower visualize an undulating form made possible by parametric design. The contours are designed through an abstraction of the human-like silhouette of a mandrake plant, which is where the project gets its name: Mandragore.
Narratives like that of Mandragore’s form are increasingly common in sustainable architecture. It is an example of biomimicry—the mimicking or abstracting of natural processes or forms found in nature. Biomimicry is often used for quantifiable sustainability goals, learning important lessons from the efficiencies of plants and animals. In this case, biomimicry is used for a deeper conceptual meaning. The mandrake analogy and resulting form represent the shifting identity of man and the natural world and the close relationship between ourselves and other living things.
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