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The project “Unexpected Aurora in Chernobyl” incorporates air and water purification systems, as well as solar energy harvesting mechanisms that transform it into a kind of Garden of Eden. It was designed by Zhang Zehua, Song Qiang, Liu Yameng from China as an entry at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition and has won honorable mention.

Related: Winners announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

The premise for the project lies in the fact that, over twenty years since the Chernobyl accident, large groups of settlers are returning to their homeland located in the restricted area near the damaged reactors. The architects recognized this trend and decided to design a structure which would allow them to fight radiation and reclaim their homes.

+ eVolo Magazine