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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?
Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC’s visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the duality in Hong Kong’s cultural history, the architects split the mixed-use skyscraper in two. The larger, hulking tower comprises commercial office space and lifestyle amenities, whereas the smaller tower is reserved for residential space. Pedestrian bridges and structure trusses connect the inner glazed and solar panel-clad facades of the two towers.
On the outside, both towers are draped in a variety of lush vegetation. Rice paddy terraces cover the tops of both of the two towers and algae as well as other plant material cover the rest of the skyscraper exterior. Aquaculture can be found in multiple areas of the towers as well. In addition to its urban agriculture system and mixed-use facilities, the Hong Kong skyscrapers also support a dizzying array of other sustainable attributes, including solar power, mass transit connections, a gray water system, rainwater collection, and an on-site recycling center. The skyscrapers are powered by an underground nuclear energy system that can be gradually phased out with renewable energy.
Images via Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti
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