Gallery: City in the Sky: Futuristic Flower Towers Soar Above Modern Me...

City in the Sky takes aim at the iconic Tower Bridge in London. Built in 1894, the bridge looks like a sad reminder of the Queen’s recent diamond jubilee.

The City in the Sky features glass and steel structures that support reflective ponds and sprawling lawns. Groves of trees offer a calm respite from the chaos far below. But the bucolic yet sterile City in the Sky is apparently not completely free of invasive species. After all, creeping ivy (the dream of every homeowner until they own a house and realize what a nightmare it really is) is crawling up the copper-colored trellises.

Higher than the LEED-certified Empire State Building and One World Trade Center, City in the Sky leaves us to assume that cherry trees would blossom year-round, pond lilies would daintily float in shimmering bodies of water, and the glass walls would shield residents and visitors from the winds that often smack New York and London. Speaking of London, the United Kingdom’s iconic Tower Bridge looks like a faded and sad reminder of the Queen’s recent diamond jubilee as its futuristic surroundings are dominated what look like a cross between the planet in the movie Avatar and the Jolly Green Giant’s garden.

No word yet on whether City in the Sky would be self-supporting through local enterprises like fish farms in those lovely ponds or if residents will leave posters reminding visitors to behave. But we do know that the scenes are breathtaking, and if you can withstand the music, a video describes how the project unfolded. You might even be inspired to write a Japanese haiku – according to Hrama, a poem penned by Kobayashi Issa over 200 years ago sums up City in the Sky’s vision.

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  1. Mekova June 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Why a lotus flower? the thing should consist of 3 main buildings (2 legs and a neck) and the flower thing should be the tail of an ostridge. If you want to stick your head in the sand, you might aswell do it correctly…

  2. tc1967uk June 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Beautiful, though the London shot makes me think of the alien walking machines from War of the Worlds…

  3. dee r June 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Gee, how convenient…when they’re done with their trash and their serfs, poof, over the side…NOT.

    Do we really need an eerie for the 1/2%?

  4. rorynow June 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    A LOTUS FLOWER, is a point of purity and absolute free of faults. This architectural body is a muck of a pretty form. It is iconically undesiable to others below. Its bad enough that one luxor hotel building in las vegas blinds and cooks people passing. This monstrocity will develope countless issues. 1. Glass needs to be aborbing not reflective. 2. Airspace over other realty address’s? What? 3 natural disaster anyone? If you build up to the heavens, God will tear it down like the Tower of Babel. 4. The shade from the sun will affect plant life below.

  5. guydauncey June 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    As a lotus design at ground level, this is really beautiful.

    But as a “stand above” high-rise it’s going to degrade the space for everyone living below it, and cast a constant shadow, quite possibly not only of light but also of resentment at the 1% who will live up there, if they can stand the winds.

    For beauty, Grade A. For functionality, Grade F.

  6. MARKHAMERS June 7, 2012 at 3:56 am

    sorry, but the future does not mean exaggerate something and place it SOMEWHERE

  7. the sculptor June 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    very innovative idea. yes there are questions but Somebody has to let go and move into new concepts.

  8. brook June 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful standing alone, but in the context of society this is a failure. The design soaks up light at the expense of all below it. Why? The designer wanted to make something cool, not solve any problems. I agree with @anothervoice.

  9. rrockman June 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Strange, I thought the music was one of the most beautiful things of the presentation video! 😀
    Anyway, I like this concept very much. In particular the fact that the three buildings seem connected on top, from the tips of their “petals”. To reduce the shadow projected below, I would make at least the most external part of the flowers in some transparent material, perhaps also equipped with semi-transparent solar cells.

  10. zakaz June 5, 2012 at 10:44 am

    A groovey concept for regenerating areas, buildings similar to this could just spring from sites earmarked for redevelopment. like bulbs popping out the earth and growing through the old city. I would have them in different stages of development/growth like a city that has had seeds and bulbs planted underneath it and has the resultant bursting through very organically all over the show.

  11. Leon Kaye June 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Apologies, we corrected that typo.

  12. pleadianqueen June 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What if some of that glass was replaced with solar panels to power night lighting and any other power required system that might required :). Love the concept!

  13. anothervoice June 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

    So then, we elevate the wealthy and the “evolved” to shining lily pads in the sky while the poor get to bathe in the smog that sustains them below? That’s a great marketing spiel.

    The “sad” tower bridge is a mite older than 1994. If you must disparage the other to elevate your own, you’ve lost the proposition.

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