Gallery: Underwater Skyscrapers Recycle Waste From Great Pacific Garbag...

A large void in the center adjusts the mass of the skyscraper by taking in or releasing water.
A large void in the center adjusts the mass of the skyscraper by taking in or releasing water.

The underwater skyscraper was inspired by the Eiffel Tower and flipped upside down in the water. The lower portion of the tower collects and stores plastic waste until it can be recycled in the middle section of the tower. Above the recycling facilities are office space and then residential that sticks out above the water.

Ballasts take in or release water to control the buoyancy of the tower depending on how much waste has been collected. Meanwhile the recycled trash is processed to create fuel for use to run the facility or elsewhere. The waste will be heated in the recycling chamber and converted into a gas that will be stored in massive battery like structures.

Lady Landfill Skyscraper took home an honorable mention in the 2011 architectural competition. We love the combination of recycling and futuristic architecture all located under the sea. We’re especially fond of the lush vegetation draping off the part that sticks out of the water, like they were moss covered icebergs.

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  1. Terran July 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    C’mon all, let’s put some positive energy into this. It’s the intention that is significant here. The ideas are meant to be built on and improved, so positive reinforcement and practical ideas would be far more constructive and beneficial in the long run. My hats off to all that are working so hard to find solutions to cleaning up this planet and finding ways to co-exist harmoniously and sustainably in this sacred place.

  2. kaptnkrunch March 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

    interesting theory from an artistic standpoint. The idea of office space is a bit bizarre though. Unless you could persuade large organizations to relocate for tax reasons?

  3. fiction March 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

    science fiction is not green design. how would these monstrous structures that would need to be incredibly complex to withstand a tough and dynamic ocean environment ever contribute more to the environment than their substantial nature detracts?

  4. nelsnelson March 11, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I am going to be annoying and say that your article’s title “Underwater Skyscrapers Recycle Waste From Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is misleading and should be “Underwater Skyscrapers COULD Recycle Waste From Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. I find this error over and over again in the eco-reporting industry and I think it contributes to the loss of authenticity. Please stop.

  5. ejmg1000 March 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    how many energy needed to heat the waste?
    how this structures will behave under heavy seas?

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