Shipwrecked skyscraper concept would wash up in Prague
Even its critics – and there are sure to be many – couldn't exactly accuse the Top Tower of being another boring glass rectangle. Planned to rise to a height of 135 m (443 ft) in Prague, the Czech Republic, this remarkable-looking skyscraper would feature a massive ship sculpture that looks like it has been shipwrecked there after some kind of apocalyptic flooding event.
Top Tower was designed by Czech firm Black n´ Arch, with artist David Černý responsible for the massive shipwreck sculpture. The idea behind its unusual design is to highlight the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change and rising sea levels.
The massive amounts of energy and CO2 that are expended when constructing tall towers undermines this aim, though developer Trigema does say it would be rated LEED Gold (a green building standard). We've no information on what kind of sustainable technology would be used.
The building would feature offices, a cultural center, and retail and commercial areas on the lower floor. Upper floors would be given over to residential units and there would also be a roof garden and a viewing point at the top of the actual shipwreck structure itself. This would need to be accessed by a ski lift according to the press release, so wouldn't suit the faint of heart.
We've no details on how the shipwreck sculpture would be constructed and integrated into the tower proper, though judging by the renders it appears that it would be made of rusted steel and would be anchored into the ground somehow. It would also sport some greenery growing atop.
Though you could be forgiven for assuming the design is purely conceptual, development firm Trigema is actually hoping to begin construction in 2021. The firm estimates that the whole thing will cost around 2 billion Czech Crowns (roughly US$85 million).
“We have been preparing the Top Tower project for more than two years and the final version was preceded by eight other alternative solutions," says Trigema's Marcel Soural. "During this time, we have collected and are still collecting suggestions from experts, state and local authorities, and of course the local public, whose representatives have already been and will continue to hold a number of participatory meetings."