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Cybertecture Egg

Photo: James Law Cybertecture

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Cybertecture Egg

Commissioned for Mumbai, India, the Cybertecture Egg will be an impressive feat of sustainable architecture. The concept for the structure was inspired "by looking at the world in terms of the planet being a self-sustaining vessel with an ecosystem that allows life to exist, grow and evolve," according to its designers at James Law Cybertecture.

The eggy shape of the office building isn't just for show; it will also utilize passive solar design, which will serve to regulate temperatures within the building by decreasing heat gain and lowering energy loads. Gardens will be incorporated throughout to provide shade and a natural aesthetic. This will include an elevated garden at the egg's upper "tip," which will assist in cooling the building.

The building will be powered using solar panels and rooftop wind turbines, and it will even harvest its own water for garden irrigation.