Architecture

Luca Curci Architects envisions Vertical City for the Middle East

Vertical City is big on ambition, and Luca Curci also says it would like to make it sustainable
Vertical City is big on ambition, and Luca Curci also says it would like to make it sustainable
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Vertical City is big on ambition, and Luca Curci also says it would like to make it sustainable
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Vertical City is big on ambition, and Luca Curci also says it would like to make it sustainable
The building’s structure is based on a modular prefabricated unit that measures 72 m (236 ft) high
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The building’s structure is based on a modular prefabricated unit that measures 72 m (236 ft) high
In addition to luxury hotel suites, gym, and spas, the sizable building would feature residences of varying sizes and house up to 2,500 people
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In addition to luxury hotel suites, gym, and spas, the sizable building would feature residences of varying sizes and house up to 2,500 people
Large public gardens and green areas spread throughout would aim to foster a sense of community
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Large public gardens and green areas spread throughout would aim to foster a sense of community
Italian architecture firm Luca Curci recently unveiled its ambitious vision for a huge skyscraper in the Middle East
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Italian architecture firm Luca Curci recently unveiled its ambitious vision for a huge skyscraper in the Middle East

Italian architecture firm Luca Curci Architects recently unveiled its ambitious vision for a huge skyscraper in the Middle East. The aptly-named Vertical City would rest on the sea bed and rise out of the water to a total height of 750 m (2,460 ft).

Envisioned for a calm stretch of water not too far from the mainland somewhere in the Middle East, Vertical City would be reachable via water, land, or air. Boats would dock at suitable spots on the skyscraper, and a heliport offers helicopter access. In addition, a semi-submerged bridge would enable pedestrians, cars and public transports to reach the tower.

If built, the skyscraper would be based on a number of modular prefabricated units that measure 72 m (236 ft) high, and have an overall diameter of 155 m (508 ft). In all, the tower would boast a total floorspace of 800,000 sq m (over 8 million sq ft), and include housing for up to 2,500 people in apartments, duplexes, and villas of varying size. Large public gardens and green areas would also be spread throughout the tower in a bid to promote a sense of community.

The building’s structure is based on a modular prefabricated unit that measures 72 m (236 ft) high
The building’s structure is based on a modular prefabricated unit that measures 72 m (236 ft) high

As if building a skyscraper that approaches the height of the Burj Khalifa in water wasn't a formidable enough challenge, Luca Curci also says it would also make the tower energy-independent.

"The singular shape of the structural element creates a 3-D network which sustains every single floor," says the firm. "The structure is surrounded by a membrane of photovoltaic glasses which provide electricity to the whole building and make it energy-independent, providing further energy for the buildings on the mainland too."

Naturally, we don't expect this particular proposal to be built any time soon, but as our cities become increasingly dense and lacking in prime building space, the idea of constructing huge residential towers offshore is certainly interesting.

Source: Luca Curci Architects

2 comments
Nelson
An architect's wet dream.
Kristianna Thomas
One day all cities will be built like this; one day in some unforeseeable future. Did he overdose on Viagra? All those erect tubular skyscrapers resting on the sea bed, and stands erect above the ocean measuring 750 meters tall. A thing of vertical beauty, the Vertical City would have all the amenities one would expect from a community stacked on top of each other; reachable by land, sea and air. Like the Tower of Babylon; would be in the dreams of future generations to lament. A Unicorn of fantasy; a future Utopian-city that will never see the light of day.
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