City in a Skyscraper

City in a Skyscraper

Launchspire is a radical re-interpretation not just of modern architecture, but of the airport and aviation in general. An electromagnetic vertical accelerator, using technological principles developed at CERN’s LHC provides a method for commercial aircraft to be accelerated to cruising speed from a ground based infrastructure. The super-tall structural solution would not only be a launch space for air transportation, but a vertical colony of commercial, residential & green spaces- essentially a helical version of the classic urban grid.

0 Designers: Various

Skyscrapers and Scaffoldings in Symbiosis

Skyscrapers and Scaffoldings in Symbiosis

Designer Thibaut Deprez was uninspired by the harshness and coldness of urban architecture, which can be repetitive and lacking personality with stacks upon stacks of identical stories. His solution? To use permanent bamboo scaffoldings as a driving force to promote the revival of these buildings. Each scaffolding is fashioned to the needs and wants of the building, giving each a unique identity. The bamboo shell also allows residents to expand their dwelling outward in the form of fresh air spaces and vertical gardens.

0 Designer: Thibaut Deprez

City-Purifying Tower

City-Purifying Tower

If you feel ill, you seek medical help… right? So why not provide our “sick” and polluted urban environments with the same attention? The Climatology Tower was designed as a research center that evaluates urban meteorology and corrects the environment with technological engineering. Look at it like a giant humidifier/air-purifier for your city. It also monitors things like radiation, insolation and thermal coverage, notifying the public for awareness and city departments to help maintain healthier environments.

0 Designers: Various

Living Skyscraper

Living Skyscraper

Take a walk through it and you might not even realize you’re not in a scenic park but rather a mega skyscraper. It’s called Re-Silience— living architecture that uses as much (or even more) area for green spaces as the structure’s footprint takes up in land space. Inspired by honeycombs, coral reefs, and ant nests, the design is focused on optimal use of soil and biomass that’s normally lost in urban environments. It’s not only eco-concious, but as beautiful as a stroll through the park!

0 Designers: Diego Espinosa Figueroa, Javiera Valenzuela Gonzalez

Guardian of the Amazon

Guardian of the Amazon

The Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper rises above the canopy line to keep protective watch of the Amazon. The designs consists of a water tower, forest fire station, weather station, and scientific research lab. The lotus-shaped tower effectively captures rainwater to prevent fires, provide water to its inhabitants as well as irrigate the land in the dry season.

0 Designers: Various

Like a fish tank filter for humans...

Like a fish tank filter for humans…

With all that surface area, it makes perfect sense that our skyscrapers should be doing double duty! A response to environmental pollution in urban areas, the Hyper Filter Skyscraper  was designed to inhale carbon dioxide and other harmful gases in cities and exhale concentrated oxygen. The skin of the project is made out of long pipe filters that catch particles and store them for disposal or reuse later. 

0 Designer: Umarov Alexey

Hong Kong High Rise

Hong Kong High Rise

The PleXus Tower emerges from the banks of the West Hong Kong Harbor as a distribution of disjointed structures amidst the neighboring historic ferry terminal. The structure starts out as distributed pods that connect with the city’s transportation fabric. The misfit arrangement of these structural pods is bridged together by pipelines over the water, working in harmony with the existing terminal. Though situated on the water’s edge, residential & commercial spaces are completely accessible by car… all the way to the top! Hit the jump to see how —>

0 Designers: Various

Highly Linked Living

Highly Linked Living

New York City is a prime example of urban densification. With so many annual newcomers and little room to expand, there’s really nowhere to go but UP! Urban Alloy is a proposed structure at the intersection of the LIRR and 7 trains that aims to bring the energy of Manhattan to the 4 other boroughs without disrupting existing land use. Lucky residents will not only find that they are near a major transportation hub, but living as part of it with a spectrum of personalized units to choose from!

0 Designer: Chad Kellogg & Matt Bowles

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Sand Babel is a group of ecological structures designed as scientific research facilities and tourist attractions for the desert.  Divided 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  desert’s natural phenomena like tornadoes and mushroom rocks!

0 Designers: Various

Vernacular Versatility

Vernacular Versatility

This architectural accomplishment takes inspiration from traditional Korean Hanok houses that are defined by their wooden structural systems, curvy tiled roofs and strong formal gestures. The core structural element is known as Gagu – the point under the roof where column meets beam and girder without additional fasteners like nails. Using new modeling software, these traditional elements are merged with modern know-how to create a high-rise structure to meet contemporary purposes that also pays homage to the iconic, historically one-story residences.

0 Designer: Yong Ju Lee

New Box Skyline for Detroit

New Box Skyline for Detroit

Conceived as box-shaped wireframe, the Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster – Vertical Suburban Neighborhood, is the answer to the congestion problem experience in the city of Detroit, USA. This new plan comes with recreational and commercial areas and has three main grids in the form of streets, pedestrian pathways, and structure. All of this is intertwined to give us a revolutionary new city façade.

0 Designers: Mark Talbot & Daniel Markiewicz

From the Masters of Mixed-Use

From the Masters of Mixed-Use

Ben van Berkel’s UNStudio in combination with OR else Landscapes comes out on top as the winner of a competition for a proposed focal point of the new Baumkirchen Mitte development in Munich. The nearly 200-foot tall mixed use structure features 140,000 square feet of office space, as well as 60,000 square feet of contemporary apartments. As for the exterior, horizontal rings of balcony and outdoor space are complimented by a larger, multipurpose green area that takes advantage of the expansive roof space.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Shanghai's LightScraper

Shanghai’s LightScraper

Situated in the middle of a lake in south-east Shanghai, the SH Fish building serves as the focal point among 5 other proposed structures. The circular shape of the the floor plans was determined in relationship with the waterfront, giving it a 270° lake view inside. Thanks to its unique location at the tip of the peninsula, the design is reminiscent of a lighthouse. In much the same way, it serves as a beacon for anyone visiting this cultural hub.  

0 Designer: UA Studio7