The skyscrapers of tomorrow will combine nature and technology in a way never seen before. Or at least, that’s what we can assume after such a design won first prize at eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition, which is based on radical re-imaginings of the traditional buildings. And it would seem that “radical” is the key word here.
Poland-based urban architecture collective BOMP took home the prize after entering a skyscraper that would house 11 different natural atmospheres. Never mind office space or “open concept” design — 11 whole atmospheres. This is about bringing the environment indoors, rather than cutting us off from it.
Five architects (Konrad Basan, Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Jakub Pudo and Kuba Pudo) are the masterminds behind ESSENCE, as the building is called. It would be home to a glacier, mountain, river, grassland, desert, waterfall, swamp, jungle, ocean, steppe and cave. And these wouldn’t be fancy holograms either, they would be real, living ecosystems (supplemented with the odd artificial fixture here and there). Which makes it easy to figure out why BOMP calls its creation a real-life “secret garden.”
In terms of how the building would work in a practical sense, the architects with BOMP nixed the traditional “circulation core” design, which sees people move through skyscrapers via elevators and escalators. Instead, they designed small staircases that would move people towards the building’s perimeter and windows. From there, a unique system of pedestrian slopes lead people through the eleven various landscapes. This building is literally all about the people.
“We wanted to create a place where people could bring food and snacks and stay for a couple of days,” Pudo said. “The whole building is devoted to pedestrians.”
Three floors in the building will be dedicated to the technical facilities that supply these delicate landscapes with everything they need to thrive. That of course, would entail that these environment-friendly buildings may not be so environmentally friendly, but Kuba says the contest was more about dreaming big.
“Definitely the amount of energy we would have to provide to the building would be huge,” he admitted. “But it’s really great to imagine something like this.”
If constructed, ESSENCE will stand at 2,066 feet tall.
Just watch out for any falling glaciers.