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Organic London Skyscraper Grows as Residents Recycle

Inspired by vegetative growth and the bamboo scaffolding of Asia, Thomas Corbasson and VS-A have proposed a conceptual project for an organic skyscraper for London that will incorporate waste produced by its occupants. The building will rise vertically as more and more of the glass and paper needed for construction is discarded by building residents. It is estimated that enough recycled material for the building’s façade could be produced within a year. The project earned a special mention in a recent Skyscapers and SuperSkyscapers Competition.

Growth Diagram. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes
Growth Diagram. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes

Like all skyscrapers, this project will require scaffolding, but in this case the scaffolding will become part of the aesthetic.  Prefabricated tube framing will be attached to the exterior, and will rise with the building, allowing for components to be added to the building over time. This framework will also support generators supplying power to parts of the building. The tubing of the scaffolding will be hollow to minimize wind load and will be of a single size so that workers need not spend time cutting the scaffolding to size.

Scaffolding Closeup. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes
Scaffolding Closeup. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes

The building will be outfitted with recycling plants on its top floor in order to produce useable material as close to the construction area as possible.  Collection and sorting areas for the recycled material will be on the bottom floor and will, presumably, be connected to the recycling plants via elevator. The landings for the tower’s elevators will create common spaces, such as restaurants, gyms, and conference rooms, for building residents.

Programmatic Section. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes
Programmatic Section. Image Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes

The tower would be in close proximity to major public transportation systems of the city, including the metro.

  • Architects: Thomas Corbasson, VS-A
  • Location: London, UK
  • Architect in Charge: Thomas Corbasson
  • Design Team: VS-A
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Chartier Corbassons architectes
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:Connor Walker. "Organic London Skyscraper Grows as Residents Recycle" 06 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/524225/organic-london-skyscraper-grows-as-residents-recycle/>