OFL Architecture has just taken first prize in the international competition to reinvent, reinterpret and revitalize the "Silk Road," a legendary trade route connecting Asia, Europe and Northern Africa that was traveled by religious representatives, traders and merchants like Marco Polo for thousands of years. Called SRME or Silk Road Map Evolution, their ambitious design proposes a 15,000 km long city which will stretch from Venice to Xian, Shanghai to Tokyo, and will promote trade via a new railway system functioning on gravitational platforms. To make use of all of the surface area that this "motor city" will make available, its skin will be lined with photovoltaic panels and an air-purifying "synthetic chlorophyll."
OFL’s vision for the new Silk Road is made up of two main elements: highly sustainable and habitable towers and a vast railway system. The towers will be composed of three different types of skyscrapers that will be a median height of 400 meters tall. The second element, the railway system, will run along the traditional “Silk Road” as well as a new line of public transport with trains that travel on polarized gravitational fields.
In order to take advantage of the surface area of the SMRE, its skin will be composed of an innovative system made up of a titanium dioxide-based cement that will be able to significantly reduce atmospheric disturbance using a synthetic chlorophyll. The special substance will be able to generate a photocatalytic reaction that produces clean air – about 500 liters of oxygen a day for every 200 square meters of surface. In addition to the air purifying skin, an innovative system of piezoelectric panels will be integrated into the tracks of the rail system, capturing energy created by the movement of the trains and converting it into electricity.