Vincent Callebaut Architectures
This futuristic 'vertical village' is like a jungle stretching 36 storeys into the sky

Pack your bags, we're moving.

RAISA BRUNER, BUSINESS INSIDER
3 MAR 2016
 

The organic, curvilinear designs of an Avatar universe may be closer than we think. Indian agroecologist Amlankusum and Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures have released plans for a vertical 'eco-neighborhood' called the Jaypee Green Sports City.

The compound, which would theoretically be built outside of New Delhi, is named Hyperions and consists of a set of six 36-storey towers connected by common green spaces, walkways, and shared eco-conscious utilities.

 

It's full of innovative details meant to optimise energy efficiency and limit environmental impact. Let's take a look at one team's vision of the future of sustainable living, below. All images courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

This model shows the plan for the six-tower complex, each standing 36 storeys tall. The substructure is made of steel and concrete with earthquake-resistant properties, while the superstructure consists of locally sourced solid wood.

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All of the energy needed to operate the complex is produced on-site in hyper-specific methods. Wind lampposts, for instance, have wind turbines embedded within them to produce the necessary light.

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From above, you can see how the design blends into the landscape, making full use of all potential for green space.

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Solar energy collection is another major part of the functioning of the complex: here's a closeup of the scale-like solar facades.

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The design is that of a 'vertical village', with flexible spaces for businesses and coworking on the solar facade sides, while living spaces are on the sides with hydroponic greenery balconies.

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You can see the solar facades on all of the south-facing exterior walls, taking advantage of the most light.

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Rooftops are planted with trees and vegetation to maximise green output.

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This rendering of a 'sky deck' shows off the spaciousness of the structures.

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A 'permaculture greenhouse' enables self-sufficient food production.

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Community orchards serve a function for both food production and community gathering spaces.

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Wood is the most-used material: the designers note that it has the most limited environmental footprint during its life cycle, making it the most environmentally friendly option.

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Here's another greenhouse view, showing the unique ceiling architecture.

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Jaypee is subject to both high temperatures and harsh winters, so a low-energy climate control system is necessary.

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A 'phytopurification lagoon' at ground level serves as both a reflecting pool and a water source.

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An entrance lobby is filled with more vegetation.

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The design feels both controlled and organic.

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There's even a proposed natural swimming pool for recreation.

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Sky footbridges connect the towers at various levels. They are irrigated with recycled water.

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Considered a 'cradle to cradle' apartment, the concept is to construct an independent and self-sufficient community.

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Here's an example of the aquaponic balconies, where fruit and vegetable sources can be grown outside apartments.

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A rendering of a co-working space shows the minimalist design.

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It's a unique vision for a sustainable-living complex.

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