Chartier-Corbasson and VS-A just unveiled plans for a towering skyscraper made entirely from its residents' garbage! The Organic London Skyscraper is designed to be clad in durable panels made of discarded paper and plastic waste. The skyscraper would grow as time goes on and tenants create more trash, and its shimmery plastic casing would be complete within a year.
The Organic London Skyscraper seeks to reduce waste while minimizing construction costs. At first the building would be constructed with an ornate structure modeled after bamboo scaffolding common in Asia. The prefabricated scaffolding sections would be installed as construction moved forward, and panels made from recycled waste would be added to the facade over the course of time.
As tenants begin to rent and purchase the lower level spaces, construction on the upper floors would begin, making the skyscraper grow organically in response to supply and demand. According to the architects, “The idea is to use the office’s production – mainly paper, plastics (bottles) to make up the different elements of the building. Other productions, like glass will be collected at a larger scale to make other elements . . . Reconditioning plants will be installed in the top of the building in the construction area, to minimize collection routes by heavy vehicles. At the foot of the tower, recuperation containers will be installed, for different material, such as glass.”
Once completed, the skyscraper would have a smooth, oblong pyramid shape, and many of the building’s components would be made of recycled materials collected from the residents and compressed into durable panels. Translucent panels made from glass or plastic would compose the structure’s facade, which would fill the interior with natural light while protecting against excess solar grain. Hollow tubes in the embedded scaffolding would be outfitted with small wind turbines to enable the skyscraper to generate its own electricity.