20 Stunning Futuristic Skyscraper Concepts You Must See
The future looks bleak. As the human population rises, more and more cities are becoming congested. We are running out of room for development. Hence, architects and designers are looking for alternative ways to make room for new infrastructure, and they are taking their designs to the sky – in the form of skyscrapers, of course.
Not only are these skyscraper designs challenging the limits of architectural design but they are also fine examples of sustainable/green architecture. These 20 skyscrapers are built with plenty of mechanisms to recycle waste, harness natural resources, optimize space and natural sunlight etc, on top of being beautiful symbolic beacons in great cities.
Coal Power Plant Mutation. This skyscraper is built over a factory. The 3 long legs of this structure covers the factory’s chimneys; the waste is filtered and carried up 1000 metres to be released. LED lights on the exterior indicate the surrounding air quality.
Himalaya Water Tower. Building the skyscraper in the Himalayas has its benefits: during rainy season, the long pipes can collect water and store it for future use. This will help regulate the flow of water all year round for the residents.
Air@Port Skyscraper. Building an airport takes up an enormous amount of land so why not build an airport 450 metres above the ground? Visitors will be transported via vertical air buses from the ground up to the airport.
Crater Scraper. This is how the designers imagined how the Earth will cope if we ever survive an asteroid strike. The craters are to accomodate settlements and protect them from the attacks. The holes in the roof allow for sunlight to peak through which provides insulation and also allows the capture of water.
Aakash Skyscraper. The design resembles a tree-like structure with spread out branches. There are habitable residential units that provide a great view of the city as it is so high up. The terrace will help purify the air in congested cities.
Crescent Moon Tower. Not straying away from Dubai’s cultural heritage, the design team has chosen the crescent shape which is a symbol that can be found in the Islamic World.
Biotic Arch. This green skyscraper is like one massive vertical garden. The structure will help soak up as much of the city’s carbon emissions as possible. To keep with the green theme, the Biotic Arch produces all of its own electricity via bio, solar and wind energy sources.
City In The Sky. Want a partk with clean, breathable air, far away from the smog of the city streets? Below is a concept where parks are hoisted on steel structures high above the ground.
World of Chlorophyll. This is how the design team envisioned residential units of the future. The columns resemble stems of a tree and the units, leaves that stick out from the columns. The building has natural ventilation as sunlight can penetrate the units easily.
The Cloud. Two residential towers are joined in the mid-section by a pixelated cloud. The cloud allows for the ground floor to open a public garden. The aim of the design is to incorporate a public program, having public and private spaces for restaurants, gardens and pools.
Skyscrapers for the future. This was an entry for a skyscraper competition. The building is enviromentally conscious as it is able to collect sun rays and wind to power the building.
Velo Towers. The towers are stacked in a way so that its position allows for different activities to be carried out. It will feature roof gardens, recreation centres, pools and other facilities.
Light Park Floating Skyscraper. If we’re running out of land, why not build a skyscraper that floats? This design stays afloat with the help of helium-filled balloons and propellers powered by the sun. Rain is caught in filters and turned to clean, drinkable water.
Avis Magica Skyscraper. This green skyscraper has a vertical aquarium and is able to produce its very own electricity. It will feature a museum as well as an outdoor concert stage. Sticking with the green theme, there will be artificial islands and vegetation areas.
The Floating Aerohotel. Alexander Asadov takes advantage of the phenomenon of global warming and the rise of sea levels, and produced a structural design that can be used on water! It wil also have hanging gardens to keep the ecosystem balanced.
Pixel Cloud Skyscraper. It is made with 3866 cubes of the same size but with different levels of transparency. The cubes allow the building to use natural light. Inside, visitors enter the digital cloud and are encouraged to post their dreams.
Suspended City Skyscraper. This urban waterfront development uses a massive suspension system. It is designed to save precious land; the curving structure hovers over the ocean. The skyscraper uses biomass generators to generate electricity. (Image Source: greenmuze)
Futuristic Skyscraper Design for Battery Park. Christian Hahn’s main purpose of designing this concept is to accomodate pedestrian traffic flow. The honeycomb acts as different floor levels. It will feature residential areas, office space, parks and other facilities.
Floating Observatories. The observation decks will float up and down each side, on helium balloons. Each deck can fit between 50-80 people, and they are built with lightweight material to allow a smooth journey up and down the structure. The design of the skyscraper resembles a tree trunk with moving spatial leaves.
Tour Triangle. It is a tall glass pyramid 180 metres tall. It is a sustainable skyscraper as it is able to achieve high energy performance. It will use natural lighting and aims to generate four times less carbon dioxide usage that that of buildings with an equivalent size.