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Hyperions "vertical village" slated for India

Hyperions "vertical village" s...
The project comprises six towers, with suspended bridges enabling residents to move between them
The project comprises six towers, with suspended bridges enabling residents to move between them
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Named after the world's current tallest measured living tree, a Californian coast redwood, the project comprises six towers
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Named after the world's current tallest measured living tree, a Californian coast redwood, the project comprises six towers
The architect says that Hyperions will be primarily constructed from wood harvested from a Delhi forest
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The architect says that Hyperions will be primarily constructed from wood harvested from a Delhi forest
The buildings will feature concrete and steel reinforcements, including the foundation
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The buildings will feature concrete and steel reinforcements, including the foundation
The towers will be covered in greenery
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The towers will be covered in greenery
The architect says occupants will be able to grow vegetables, both on balconies and in specialized greenhouses
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The architect says occupants will be able to grow vegetables, both on balconies and in specialized greenhouses
The architect calls for small farms with livestock to be integrated into the buildings
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The architect calls for small farms with livestock to be integrated into the buildings
The project features the capture and re-use of rainwater and greywater
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The project features the capture and re-use of rainwater and greywater
Callebaut says that the project was commissioned by an unnamed Indian Real Estate company
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Callebaut says that the project was commissioned by an unnamed Indian Real Estate company
It's slated for location in the Jaypee Sports City development in Greater Noida, just outside New Delhi
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It's slated for location in the Jaypee Sports City development in Greater Noida, just outside New Delhi
The sustainable technology slated for the project includes wind and solar power, and greywater recycling
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The sustainable technology slated for the project includes wind and solar power, and greywater recycling
Solar panel "scales" will be affixed to the towers' facade
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Solar panel "scales" will be affixed to the towers' facade
Callebaut says the towers will be covered in greenery and will enable occupants to grow vegetables, both on balconies and in specialized greenhouses
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Callebaut says the towers will be covered in greenery and will enable occupants to grow vegetables, both on balconies and in specialized greenhouses
Sky-high suspended bridges would enable residents to move between towers
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Sky-high suspended bridges would enable residents to move between towers
Callebaut says the towers will be covered in greenery and will enable occupants to grow vegetables, both on balconies and in specialized greenhouses
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Callebaut says the towers will be covered in greenery and will enable occupants to grow vegetables, both on balconies and in specialized greenhouses
The towers will offer apartments of varying size, student housing, social areas and office spaces
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The towers will offer apartments of varying size, student housing, social areas and office spaces
The towers' interior is taken up by apartments of varying size, student housing, social areas and office spaces
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The towers' interior is taken up by apartments of varying size, student housing, social areas and office spaces
The towers' interior is taken up by apartments of varying size, student housing, social areas and office spaces
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The towers' interior is taken up by apartments of varying size, student housing, social areas and office spaces
Balconies would offer stunning views
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Balconies would offer stunning views
A render of an apartment interior
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A render of an apartment interior
A render of an office interior
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A render of an office interior
Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
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Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
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Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
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Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
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Depicting the construction of the primarily timber-based towers
The project comprises six towers, with suspended bridges enabling residents to move between them
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The project comprises six towers, with suspended bridges enabling residents to move between them

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.

A render of an apartment interior
A render of an apartment interior

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.

Source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

3 comments
jerryd
Not fond of this as better ways to go and a waste of wood. There are eco concretes out there and much resins are bio made from now. Structures over 5 stores tall start having problems, wastes, weight, costs, elevators, and little need for more except a few cases.
Stephen N Russell
Rethink materials to produce & replicate worldwide IE Berlin, Java, Malaysia, PNG, Mexico, PR, Caribbean, FL, USVI, BVI, Med Sea area, No Africa.
Fairly Reasoner
Funeral pyre.