Bubble Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers are ugly things. Even most of those supposedly pretty ones over in Dubai and Shanghai. And, despite all efforts, they all look roughly the same. Apart from this thing.

Design Crew for Architecture have created what is in fact a huge water purifying tower. Each ‘soap bubble’ is in fact a greenhouse full of mangrove trees.

Mangrove trees have the unique ability to grow in brackish (salty) water, and then “sweat” clean water. Designed to be built on the Almeira shore in Spain, the whole thing would be filled with huge tidal pumps, and then drained to irrigate land. The designers reckon it could irrigate one hectare per day. We have no idea if that’s good or not, but it sounds like a big area.

All this aside however, it was the beauty of the thing which captured us. We’d love to see something similar made but as a residential block, with each bubble forming a luxury flat…

(source: Inhabitat via Notcot)

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9 responses to “Bubble Skyscrapers

  1. It sure looks like a fun project for the engineer.. I wonder if there’s any benefit to stacking the bubbles up like that (other than conserving space) or if they’re just going for style.

  2. Callib L. Carver

    This is Awesome.

  3. Love it!

  4. Very Cool. I would love to see something built like that.

  5. Although this looks cool, couldn’t they just plant the mangroves on the coast.

  6. This is cool! Looks kind of wierd>>> but cool!

  7. Reminds me of Blob Architecture

  8. Very inventive! Would love to learn more about this; thanks for posting!

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