A skyscraper made from recycled paper, plastic and modelled on bamboo so that it “grows” as additional floors are needed is being proposed by a French architecture firm for London, according to the Daily Mail.
The work of Chartier-Corbasson architects, the building, already dubbed “The Organic Skyscraper” is being proposed for Shoreditch High Street, near the City of London.
Taking its inspiration from bamboo scaffolding used in Asia, the structure of the building could be extended over time as more floor space is needed. Each floor would be made from an interlaced network of standard size tubes and building materials sourced from waste material produced by the offices – mainly old plastic bottles and recycled paper.
The architects believe every worker would produce enough paper and plastic to create enough insulated panels needed to clad new floors.
Recycling plants inside the building would compress the recycling to make the panels, so everything needed would be in-house.
The metal tubes used to build the skyscraper would use the wind to help generate energy using small turbines. The tubes would also help ventilate the building.
Proposed usage of floors would include office space, a conference center, coffee shops, a fitness center, restaurants and an observation deck.
The Paris firm says they are now “looking for investors,” though new images show the design is in the advanced stages.
With the huge investment needed to fund a normal skyscraper, the architects believe “growing” a building as money is injected is a sensible option.
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