Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Sand Babel is a group of ecological structures designed as scientific research facilities and tourist attractions for the desert. ┬áDivided into two parts above and below ground, the main portion of each is constructed with sand, sintered through a solar-powered 3D printer. The resulting top structure mimics the form of the ┬ádesert’s natural phenomena like tornadoes and mushroom rocks!

The structure is divided into two parts: the first section is above ground and consists of several independent structures for a desert community while the second is partially underground connecting several buildings and creating a multi-functional tube network. The design utilizes a spiral skeleton structure which is tall and straight with tensile strength to meet the requirements of residential use, tourism and scientific research. The dual tunnel model not only improves cross-ventilation, but also generates water condensation atop the structures based on temperature differences. The net structure for the underground and surface sections is similar to the roots of a tree. The design not only helps to keep flowing sand dunes in place but also facilitates communication among the buildings.

Designers: Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, & Guo Shen