180-floor Vertical City project pitched for Middle East city

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A “Vertical City” skyscraper set in water has been designed for the Middle East by Italian-based Architects Studio Luca Curci.

The project features a 180-floor tower which has the capacity of holding 25,000 people at any given time, much like a city.

The idea behind it is to reinvent the skyscraper from a self-contained building to an open-structure concept.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Curci said that although he does not have a specific city in mind for the tower, he imagines the project most suited to the Middle East – near cities such as Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

“We wanted to introduce a new approach to the architecture of contemporary cities – the idea behind the project is that the tower can be built anywhere.’

Each floor level is designed with a large green area, where the sides of the tower have large hexagonal voids to allow the entry of sunlight and rainwater.

As the building has a modular arrangement, every floor contrives of 18 levels within it, including those that are underwater.

“Vertical City is a modular interpretation of the idea of contemporary city. And possible futures,” the company said in a statement on its official website.

The “city” will include parking, gym, spas, meditation centres, and hotel rooms with underwater views.

In terms of accessibility, the tower can be reached by water, land, or air. There is a basement equipped with external and internal docks as well as three naval entries, a semi-submersed bridge that connects the basement with the land, and a heliport is placed on the top of the building and on vertical linking-installations.

Additionally, the skyscraper will be energy-independent, taking electricity from solar panels and photovoltaic glass.

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2 Responses to 180-floor Vertical City project pitched for Middle East city

  1. Faro Lazar says:

    Commendable initiative and fairly interesting to pursue. But wouldn’t it be however a little extreme in that such a building is intended for urban settings bordering huge infinitesimal extents of deserts and why bother with such altitude?

  2. Thom Bohlen says:

    A “Vertical City” in the form of a hollow tube as indicated, would be more effective in an arc shape facing the solar path of the region where it is placed, if solar fenestration is to be utilized to its fullest benefit. In a hollow tube shape, a good part of the envelope surface would be in shadow on the northern exposures. A vertical mega structure of 25,000 population would need an immense amount of services delivered and exported, which would be inefficient if located in the sea. Mega cites in the desert ala Soleri, who conceived his concepts over 40 years ago, are more appropriate and sustainable than this vertical city concept.

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