What would happen if environments as varied as a vertical farm, a beach, a mountain range, and a redwood forest could be stacked into one soaring tower overlooking the heart of New York City? That’s exactly what Times Squared 3015, a skyscraper proposal by Blake Freitas, Grace Chen and Alexi Kararavokiris, does with its experimental, boundary-breaking design. The concept recently nabbed an honorable mention in the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition for its imaginative approach to promoting density in one of the most crowded cities in the world.

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The main core of the Times Squared 3015 tower is a vertical subway or elevator system which stops at the twelve major modules. Similar to having different districts within a city, the vertical city has individualized blocks or modules of each of the destination zones. The destination zones include a farm, a beach, a mountain range, a forest, a stadium, housing, and offices.

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On the south-facing side of the module, a void is carved out for maximum solar exposure. As a result, a series of L-shaped ‘living’ clusters surround and integrate with the natural environment, creating a distinct city fabric. People will use a series of secondary elevators and stairs to journey vertically within each module. The vitality and energy of Times Square extends vertically throughout the tower, with a series of “sky malls” or entertainment zones above and below the residential/destination modules. The tower is capped with an observation deck, providing astonishing views of the city within a city.

The lively and self-sustaining city complex supports the health and well-being of its residents and visitors. The vertical farms provide oxygen and sustenance to the community. City residents can hike on the mountain range or relax in a lush forest. An innovative and unique experience, the unusual ‘scraper takes the concept of “Manhattanization” and sustainable vertical living to the next level.

+ 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition