Seeds of Life / Mekano Studio

Seeds of Life / Mekano Studio
Courtesy Mekano Studio

Mekano Studio has recently received an honorable mention in the eVolo 2011 skyscraper competition for their entry, Seeds of Life. Read more about the project in addition to additional images and project story boards after the break.

A city piled high of trash, they call it ‘garbage city’ and it seems unstoppable. People started to get used to the situation which will lead to a huge trash covering the whole city and from another point, garbage can’t be moved outside the city. The problem leads to another, as there is lots of diseases and pollution. The city is populated by a community of homeless people called Zabbaleen, as they coexist with the trash, so they collect, sort or resell Cairo’s waste.

Courtesy Mekano Studio


Floor Plan

Environment is dead in this place, the idea of reviving the environment and that will happen when we revive it’s elements (human – plants – Animals ) and provide them with the necessary power to live.

Power: Using the garbage as seeds buried underground and life comes out of it (bringing the good of the garbage out of it) and it will be used to generate Biogas, electricity and fertilize.

Human: changing the society point of view towards the homeless people by making them helpful and productive to the community and this will happen by rehabilitate their lives and then by giving them the opportunity to be a real humans, make them ready to lots of available jobs and works varying from farming, animal husbandry and the completion of life elements.

Plants: The Seeds of Life skyscraper have lots of green slabs coming out of it, providing the tower with lots of organic elements, making the tower self-sufficient and to reduce the pollution.

Birds: Opening holes in the form of the skyscraper to put in some bird nests for some kind of birds that lives in this area.The bad image of the city will be rotated to make the idea of the skyscraper.


Tower Section

1-homeless coexist with the garbage, sad society because of this problem and only one is happy with what’s happening. 2- Mr garbage, the only one happy because this authority is increasing on the lands of Egypt. 3-A homeless finds a book about our vision to the future of the garbage usage and Homeless skyscraper. 4-the idea and vision awakened the talents inside of the homeless. 5-the homeless then finished his dream to live as a real human, to seek a better life and be productive to the community. 6-After the dream came true, Life is just started to the poor homeless people (those were called zabaleen in the past)


Section Study
Form Progression

manshyet naser, moatam Cairo, Egypt the place full of wrecked homes full of garbage and zabaleen all beside almoatam hill

Story Board

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Cite: Hank Jarz. "Seeds of Life / Mekano Studio" 20 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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