Vertical City by Luca Curci Architects
Architecture firm Luca Curci Architects presents Vertical City, a project proposal for a vertical city-building of 25,000 people settled in the water. A number of renewable energy resources, such as wind, water turbines and solar panels are also incorporated. Energy storage solutions. Water desalination. Food production and farming integrated and follow a zero-waste policy. Healthier life-style. No suburbs. Less poverty oriented.
“We will build a new way of living. More sustainable. With more interconnected communities programs. Deleting suburbs. Reducing poverty”, said Arch. Luca Curci.
The project combines sustainability with population density and it aims to build up a zero-energy city-building. Starting from the analyses of the contemporary skyscraper, conceived as a compact element, smooth and alienated from the surrounding space, the project has re-interpreted it in an opened structure, equipped with green areas on each level, natural light and ventilation. 100% green transport systems. This new interpretation allows its residents to get into an healthier life-style, in connection with natural elements, re-thinking the traditional concept of community and society.
“It is our goal to make sure Vertical Cities will be affordable and available to everyone” said Arch. Luca Curci.
More details: www.lucacurci.com
The City Shape
The building’s structure is based on a modular structural prefabricated element, which is repeatable horizontally as well as vertically. The singular shape of the structural element creates a 3-D network which sustains every single floor. The structure is surrounded by a membrane of photovoltaic glasses which provide electricity to the whole building and make it energy-independent, providing further energy for the buildings on the mainland too.
The city-building is completely perforated to permit the circulation of air and light on each level, hosting green-areas and vertical gardens. Green zones are spread all over the tower, while meeting and social areas are thought for the community life. The city-building consists of 10 modular layers overlapping. It reaches the height of 750 meters, 180 floors, with a total volume of 3.750.000 cubic meters, able to host up to 25.000 people, with a green area of over 200.000 square meters, including the public garden square at the top of the building.
Every modular and repeatable layer is high 72 meters and has an overall diameter of 155 meters, of which 120 meters of empty space inside the building. It consists of 18 floors, 58.000 square meters of floor surface housing homes and services, offices, stores and other facilities. Farming will be integrated with social space and will enable communities to provide their own food and be self-sufficient. Every group of 18 floors will include a community framework for living, including water baths, markets, spiritual and cultural hubs.
Residences have different sizes and shapes for each floor, and they include apartments, duplex and villas. The outside surface, with green areas and gardens, is large 20.000 square meters. The building is settled on the sea bottom, with a series of underwater floors that host parking and technical areas, facilities such as spas, mediation centres and gym and luxury hotels rooms with underwater views.
It is possible to reach Vertical City by water, by land or by air. The circular basement is equipped with external and internal docks and three naval entries: large boats can dock at the external berths, so as permitting public or private smaller boats only, to navigate in the inner gulf. The connection with the mainland is made possible throughout a semi-submersed bridge for pedestrians and public transports, which connect the land with the basement underwater. Moreover, the tower is provided with heliports connected with the upper garden-square and vertical linking-installations.
Vertical City is a modular interpretation of the idea of contemporary city. And possible futures.
The Urban System
Vertical Cities Urban System is planned to incorporate smart city technologies and to connect more than 100,000 people dividing the city in functional areas.
The main residential city-tower is connected, by water and by air, to the three towers of offices, goverment departments, healthcare facilities and educational institutions, including all levels of schools and universities. The interconnected system also works as a tourist destination. There are other three structures, the Moons, more oriented to the lifestyle amenities such as hotels, welness and spa centres, sport centres, shopping malls, bookshops, and leisure attractions.
“Vertical Cities will shape our future”, Arch Luca Curci
Vertical City will be presented for the first time at the Knowledge Summit 2019 in Dubai. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation is organising it’s sixth annual Knowledge Summit, on November 19-20, 2019 bearing the theme “Knowledge: The Path to Sustainable Development”.
More details: https://knowledgesummit.org/en/speaker/luca-curci
ABOUT LUCA CURCI ARCHITECTS
The quality of our life is strongly influenced by the architecture quality in which we live and that surrounds us. Our design is mainly based on the relationship between man and environment, and it’s represented by an architecture in which individual well-being and environmental sustainability are closely related.
LUCA CURCI ARCHITECTS, founded in 2006 by italian architect and art curator Luca Curci and based in Italy with two offices in Bari and Venice, deals with architecture design, from urban planning to interior design, bioclimatic planning and green building, consolidations and restructuring, structural calculation, architecture and monumental restoration, urban design, leisure/sport spaces planning, design of luxury hotels, spa, tourist resort, furniture, interior and industrial design.
The architecture firm analyzes the urban planning‘s main themes, researching and planning about homes (determinating the proportion and the type of homes that will be built and the proportion that will be targeted for home ownership versus rental), about commercial, industrial and economical structures (identifing the best places within a community for locating factories, shopping areas, and offices), about recreational places (planning for parks, open space, community facilities and community centres), about transportation facilities (studing transportation systems to determine when additional transportation facilities are needed, where they should be built, and the mix of transportation options that should be available), about the management of provisions, wastes and supply of energy, and about community development (organizing and community development, seeking to increase social justice, reduce poverty, and build vital and thriving underresourced communities).
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