Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on March 2, 2008
Great concepts come in all sorts of packages: big ones, small ones / smart ones, crazy ones. This one has many elements. And many levels.
British firm Popularchitecture (great name, by the way), in collaboration with Fluid Engineers and Pha Consul M&E specialists, recently unveiled a proposal for a mammoth eco skyscraper. It’s literally a mile high into the sky and will contain 500 floorsand accommodate over 100,000 people.
But it’s more than housing. It’s a veritable village in the sky intended for Tower Hamlets in East London that would contain hospitals, schools, shops, pubs and anything else you can think of – all under its one roof. Including “vast internal voids” every 20 stories where botanical gardens, swimming pools or even an ice skating rink could be built. That’s the big part.
The seemingly crazy part is that the enormous skyscraper would be three times bigger than any building currently existing in the city. While acknowledging that some may find the design impractical, Popularchitecture founder Tom Teatum is quick to point out the benefits: “Occupying a scale far beyond anything that currently exists in London, the tower would allow the city’s population to expand without significant impact to the architectural fabric on the ground.”
An ecological advantage, yes. And one that certainly pushes design in a new direction. But would having everything needed to sustain life under one roof create a whole new set of problems? One in which people stop venturing outdoors?
I suspect this mammoth concept will remain a mammoth concept. At least for now.