We know that nature is vital to life on Earth, it sustains the planet, and it provides us with endless analogy and beauty. How many stories do we tell that talk about nature? It is such an inspiring and spiritual thirst quenching element of our lives. Where as Sheffield City Council have employed urban planners to remove many of the trees, to save the roads and paths, many differently minded projects are cropping up all over the world that work to include nature, not shut it out.
One such project is a 280 meter high tower in Singapore. The condominium style sky-scraper is intended to be used for all types of purpose from residential to commercial. Mixing everything up into one place does sound like a great idea. It has been done before, with the urban utopia apartments in the 1950s and 60s here in the UK. Lessons to be learned: Invest in maintenance and social life. When the estates are well looked after and the people are given plenty to do, it really can be a utopia.
The architecture companies, Carlo Ratti Associati and Bjarke Ingles Group are designing the building to house the multiple varieties of tropical flora that naturally occurs in the area. This will be interwoven between offices, homes, shops, and amenities. The garden landscape is planned to grow out from the exterior walls and up the sides of the building. This will allow passers by to witness snippets the urban jungle within.
Planned for 2021, the tower will also be kitted out with all the latest office technology, wireless as standard no doubt. Environmental controls will give residents and employees the chance to truly recreate their perfect haven, AI sensors will make sure everything is as it should be. This ultra modern experiment in natural living is perhaps one step up from another similar tower in Milan. The Bosco Vertical by Stefano Boeri houses some twenty-one thousand flowering plants and trees.
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