In the future, we could all work and living in buildings with their very own ecosystems, designed to generate more energy than they use. Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has designed eco-friendly tower blocks measuring a staggering 420ft (128m), complete with dairy farms and gardens that generate energy in a variety of ways. The designer has now released spectacular images giving a glimpse into what could be this new era of eco-friendly buildings could look like.
Paris- based Callebaut has a vision that these ‘Hyperion’ buildings will be built in New Delhi, India. ‘Delivery is expected for 2020,’ Callebaut told MailOnline. He said he was inspired by a particular type of tree to create the cross laminated timber towers.
The complex will be 36 storeys high and feature 1,000 homes, offices and working spaces, gyms, restaurants and swimming pools. ‘Quickset hedges replace barbed wire and fences. Groves and tree rows reinvest fields where millet, wheat or corn crops are rotated,’ said Callebaut.‘Cereal crops, together with legumes such as beans and squash, reduce nitrogen inputs, while maintaining healthy protein levels.
Because the ecosystems are rebalanced, it will also make diseases, weeds and insect damage less frequent. ‘Phyto-purification ponds and lagoons merge with the garden towers,’ Callebaut added, along with ‘orchards devoted to spices such as camphor laurels, bergamot trees and other cinnamon plants. The buildings will be dotted with urban farms and small animal farms producing eggs and dairy.’Agricultural by-products are turned into methane that generates energy, which is then re-injected into homes in real time. ‘Earthworms re-oxygenate the soil, and beetles and bees buzz again while pollinating flowers.’
The treetop tower blocks are not the first of Callebaut’s futuristic energy-saving building designs. At the end of last year, he also revealed designs for self-sufficient oceanscrapers as a viable place for humans to live to reduce the carbon footprint on the planet. The eco-friendly structures don’t require dangerous fossil fuels as they produce their own energy and heat. Each oceanscraper has a jellyfish-like structure, the entrance and docks are found at the surface and then the structure spirals down up to depths of 1,000 metres (0.6 miles).