A Skyscraper in the Arctic

Toronto architect Reza Aliabadi took a trip into the far northern reaches of Nunavut, Canada's Inuit territory. There, the flatness of the tundra and the stone stacks made by the Inuit inspired him to propose a stacked housing tower.

The fanciful design, which Aliabadi entered in a contest looking for "fresh approaches to adding density," will never be built.

Aliabadi's idea is "...a high-density residential structure designed along the lines of the Inuit sculptures he saw at Pond Inlet, and deposited on an ice floe in the Arctic, one of the lowest-density spots on earth. The imaginary tower consists of large stacked boulders, each hollowed out to provide one or more apartments per rock, and arrayed vertically along a service and elevator shaft."

Photo courtesy of Reza Aliabadi.

Full Story: An Arctic inspiration for high-rise living



A Skyscraper in the Rainforest

Charles Siegel took a trip up the Amazon River to the furthest reaches of the Brazilian rainforest. There, the flatness of the terrain led him to propose building a skyscraper consisting of large, stacked trees, each hollowed out to make one or more apartments.

Doesn't make sense at all, any more than a highrise in the Artic made of stacked up boulders makes sense.

But it would make a photoshop visualization that would attract a lot of attention.

Charles Siegel

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