Friday, April 10, 2015

Thinking Ahead: The Most Futuristic Skyscrapers

The future is here! Well, almost.
For years, architects and designers have been obsessed with coming up with out-of-this-world concepts for buildings. An annual competition from eVolo calls upon people to submit the craziest, most futuristic idea for a skyscraper that they can think of, and entrants oblige. These concepts often centre around sustainability or surviving a post-apocalyptic world, but more often than not it’s just all about what’s on the outside.

Let’s take a look ahead at what skyscrapers could look like in the distant future.

This Miami-based skyscraper concept from Armarada that deems itself ‘vertical nature’. The building would have a museum about the city’s wildlife, a concert stage, a 120-metre tall aquarium that uses water right from the ocean, and an area loaded with tropical vegetation just above the aquarium. The building would essentially be an artificial ecosystem. At 1099 feet tall, it would be the tallest building in Miami.

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The Floating Aerohotel
This design comes from Alexander Asadov, a Russian architect, who wants to fight global warming. The idea is to make use of water resources for housing to battle the fear of population displacement. Within the building there are cafes, restaurants, gardens, and residences, which all hang above the water and are supported by three ‘legs’ - we’re not futuristic enough to be completely floating… yet.

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John Houser wants to add a 6th borough to New York City. His idea is to build an elevated structure that would live above the space between 6th and 7th Avenue and 22nd and 14th Street. The project consists of office towers and residential space, with a massive park in between and a connection to the subway system. This sounds (literally) unbelievable.

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This northern building acts as a trading post for the freight industry. It gains energy from water, ice, and wind around it, and it’s main purpose is to hold containers of goods being traded between countries and acts as a storage spot until they’re picked up.

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This project reminds us of an amusement park ride, but the purpose behind it in genius. Instead of a transportation hub taking up sprawling space in the centre of a city, why not have the trains go vertical? Wondering how you’d be able to sit in a vertical train? Well the designer thought of that, of course. Passengers would be seated in chairs similar to that of a ferris wheel - you move as the train moves. Pretty crazy if you ask us!

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Cover photo via Jonas on Flickr