Hyperions "vertical village" slated for India

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The project comprises six towers, with suspended bridges enabling residents to move between them(Credit: Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

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Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut continues to refine his distinctive style of futuristic sustainable architecture with Hyperions. The cluster of connected timber towers – or "vertical village" – features more sustainable design than you can shake a stick at and, according to the architect, is due to be constructed by 2022 near New Delhi, India.

Hyperions follows Callebaut's usual design language, and its curving form will be recognizable to anyone familiar with the architect's previous output. Named after the world's tallest living tree, a Californian coast redwood, the project comprises six mixed-use towers of 36 floors.

Callebaut says the towers will feature extensive greenery and will enable occupants to grow their own vegetables on balconies, the facades, the rooftops, and in specialized greenhouses. The design also calls for fish to be bred, and their waste used as fertilizer, in addition to small farms with livestock within the towers.

The interior is taken up by apartments of varying size, student housing, social areas, and office spaces. Furniture will be made from natural and recycled materials, and a network of sky-high suspended bridges will enable residents to move between towers.

Though due to be primarily constructed from wood (harvested from a Delhi forest), the cluster of towers will also feature concrete and steel reinforcements, including the foundations.

The sustainable tech and design destined for Hyperions is considerable and complex. Some of the most notable features include electricity-generating wind turbines and solar panels, which are affixed to the towers' facades, and the capture and re-use of rainwater and greywater. We've no figures concerning the size or efficiency of the green tech at this early stage, however.

It's ambitious stuff, and one could be forgiven for assuming it will never leave the drawing board. However, Callebaut assures Gizmag that the project will be completed by 2022 in the Jaypee Sports City development in Greater Noida, near New Delhi. It will be interesting to see how closely the finished project resembles the concept.

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