A floating eco-skyscraper to heal the planet?

A skyscraper project plans to accommodate a concentration of technologies to respect and clean up the environment. Although skyscrapers do not really rhyme with ecology, there is in this case something to be optimistic about, at least in theory.

This skyscraper project named Heal-berg received the honorable mention of the 2017 edition of the Evolo Skyscraper Competition, which rewards innovative and ecological projects in high construction each year. The buildings are however rarely ecological, but this one will have for mission to take care of the environment.

According to the project leaders, the skyscraper will use « some of the world’s most recent innovative technological advancements and will combine them as part of a larger whole embodiment in order to achieve one goal, survival. » »

The Heal-berg is a floating skyscraper that will carry green technologies from various innovations, some of which are still under study or in progress. Its main mission will be to purify the air in its immediate environment using lasers invented by the University of California, the purpose of which is to capture carbon dioxide, filter it and transform it into oxygen.

The building will run on wind power. Indeed, its aerodynamic shape will allow turbines to operate thanks to the wind. It will also use osmotic energy from a technology that has yet to prove itself. The osmotic energy would be that which it would be possible to obtain in the vicinity of estuaries where fresh river water mixes with salt water from the sea.

The Heal-berg will provide a hyperloop to connect residents with the outside world, while drones are planned to allow people to move between the different areas of the building.

(Image credit: eVolo)

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On the construction side, the architects plan to use 3D printing on the basis of a very promising, light and resistant material: graphene, the fruit of the work of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

As you will have understood, we may see this skyscraper on its feet one day, but we will first have to wait for the moment when all the technologies used to purify the air, construct the building and ensure its logistics are effective and compatible with each other. Be that as it may, this project is one of a kind and has the merit of being very innovative.

Sources: Inhabitat – ConsoGlobe

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