French architecture firm Chartier-Corbasson has proposed a trash-clad office tower that stretches further and further into the sky as those working inside of it generate more and more waste. I suppose it’s a good thing that the concept, dubbed Organic Skyscraper, has been proposed for London, not Stockholm.
Chartier-Corbasson envisions that the conical edifice would start out as a modest low-rise office building. As time goes on, additional floors would be built using insulated panels made from the rubbish — primarily paper and plastic bottles — generated by office workers. The raw materials collected from waste stations would be transformed into building components at an on-site recycling plant creating a closed-loop waste management system like nothing we’ve ever seen before: with each new floor that is added, new occupants take up residence in the tower. And with additional occupants, a higher volume of waste is generated resulting in a seemingly never-ending cycle of recycling and building, recycling and building, recycling and building.
A spokesperson for Chartier-Corbasson tells the Daily Mail: “We have calculated that in one year, the occupants produce enough to supply a surface of façade like the one they occupy with panels made of paper or compressed plastic bottles.”
While it may seem distracting to work in a building that’s continually under-construction, and, as a result, perpetually clad in scaffolding, Chartier-Corbasson have proposed an innovative framework, inspired by bamboo scaffolding systems used across Asia, that’s integrated into the building itself, not removed once work on the building is done and ready to populate. Organic Skyscraper's skeleton would be composed of crisscrossing hollow metal poles that would provide both structural support and ventilation for the tower’s interior. Small wind turbines located within the tubes on the building’s upper floors would enable Organic Skyscraper to generate its own energy.
This “self-generated development” is an audacious, rather brilliant concept but I do wonder if those working inside Organic Skyscraper would feel a distinct and very strange pressure to produce not experienced by those employed inside of a tower that’s not, err, built from its own garbage. Malcolm, you’re late with that TPS report. Think you can have it on my desk by end of week? And by the way, you’re way behind on your trash quota. The 29th floor isn’t going to build itself, you know?
Chartier-Corbasson’s concept recently received an honorable mention at the 2014 Skyscrapers and SuperSkyscrapers competition.
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