During the next few days we will showcase 5 proposals for sustainable underwater architecture. These projects were submitted for the Annual Skyscraper Competition from 2006 to 2009.
Project 4 of 5
Higinio Llames, Ifigeneia Arvaniti
This proposal understands the need of living in harmony with nature in a sustainable way. There is a close relationship between the building and its surrounding. It could be described as a surface that holds an inverted skyscraper under the sea. The “living spaces” below the sea are independent units with living and working areas while the gathering spaces, farmlands, and recreational areas are located at sea level.
The skin of the building interacts with the sea and produces tidal energy with a double membrane that it is also used as a floating device as a ballast tank that controls the weight by controlling the amount of air and water like a submarine. Solar panels and wind turbines are located in a dome-shaped basin at the top with rain water collectors.
To commemorate the 2013 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo published a collector’s edition of its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received during the last years. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.