As Frank Gehry rightly said, “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness”.However characterized by strong chromatism, long dynamic lines that suggest speed, and movement, Futurist Architecture was born in Italy in the early 20th century as a part of the artistic movement – Futurism. So here is a list of 10 upcoming futuristic projects to look forward to!
Residential Towers, Vancouver
Heatherwick Studios, famous for Vessel (Honeycomb Staircase) in New York, and Mori Building in Japan have revealed yet another forward-thinking and futuristic project – The Residential Towers at Vancouver, Canada that features 2 curving towers placed on a mixed-use podium comprising of about 400 housing units.
However, an unlikely combination of elegantly curved structural members run along with the vertical cutting across angular floor plates. Overflowing green balconies and vibrant public spaces at the base invites interaction at a community level contrasting the very issue that similar towers face.
Crystal Space City – Lego
CAA Architects and Lego China have teamed up to put forth an idea for a futuristic floating city in space. Also, the designer Liu Haowi has placed a large urban center over a spacecraft below surrounded by a gravitational field controlled by AI. The project combines a city, an oasis, and an energy power system together.
The design aspires to pave the way for an ideal human habitat of the future. The project acts as a carrier that can move and ‘travel around the universe’ without exhausting its energy reserves.
Force Majeure- Futura
For a future that includes the consequences of climate change, food deserts, resource depletion, and destructive human patterns, Jeanne Schultz Design Studio has coined the idea of a matrix of pods high above the ground for a post-pandemic middle school.
The idea addresses social distancing, health, and sanitation in addition to the above through a pre-programmed transit system, soaring classrooms and controlled environments.
Aequorea, Rio de Janeiro the example of 10 upcoming Futuristic Projects
Belgian Architect Vincent Callebaut envisaged a futuristic floating city. Though the idea of a floating city is familiar to us, this city stands out with its concept of repurposing plastic sea trash using 3D printing technology.
Massive domes made from algae and garbage collected from the Pacific garbage patch off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, domes that resemble the bioluminescent jellyfish that the idea draws its name from- Aequorea Victoria, and jellyfish inspired sub-aquatic hubs are some of the distinctive features.
The Aequorea would house science labs, offices, hotels, fields, and farms across 250 floors and the underwater eco-villages could house up to 20,000 people each. Seawater would be desalinated for drinking, the light would be provided through bioluminescence, and microalgae would be used to recycle organic waste. Sounds quite like the package!
Vertical Park, San Jose
Architect Lin Congran draws inspiration from the idea of unity and historical continuity. Also for the circular shape of the conceptual vertical park, San Jose, California. Therefore the project aims to reconnect man and nature through a huge loop – using a combination of architecture, parks, and sculpture.
Gehry Project, Toronto
The Pritzker prize winner, Frank Gehry has revealed yet another project from up his sleeve. Two towers -302 m and 266 m in height will soon add a dynamic component to the city’s skyline depending on the viewer’s position in the city. The architect has designed the towers in such a way that they have a personality of their own, and yet appear to be in conversation with one another.
This update to the previous designs includes rotated floor plates and a façade crafted from textured metal and glass.
The Line, Saudi Arabia the example of 10 upcoming Futuristic Projects
A linear mega-city copiously powered by renewable energy has been proposed by Saudi Arabia around the end of January 2021. Therefore a net-zero and pollution-free series of walkable communities for a million people with no cars or streets is visualizing. However, the project locates essential facilities within a five-minute walking radius from the housing units designed along with nature.
Chengdu Future Science and Technology City, Southwest China
An alternative urban design solution that intends to combine the best of both worlds- a blend of industries, technology, and rustic beauty of the countryside. Located on a 4.6 square kilometer site outside Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Moreover, the city will be home to multiple new universities, labs, and offices.
OMA’s (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) master plan is dictating by the geography and topography of the site. And will be divided into six clusters that are car-free, and accessible by foot within 10 minutes. One cluster will have a circular building transport hub. The design for the educational park features curvilinear buildings with green terraces that complement the hilly landscape.
Train Station in the Forest, Jiaxing, China
‘Train Station in the Forest’ covers an area of 35.4 hectares. And aims to rebuild the historic station while putting together a new infrastructural annex underground. MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong have drawn inspiration from the city’s historic and cultural contexts.
Focused on the human scale, the architecture underground is open and bright. The station’s commercial functions will be underground, while the sunken courtyards connect the space to the parkland above.
Proteus the example of 10 upcoming Futuristic Projects
Swiss designer Yves Behar unveiled his design. Last year for the French ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau’s underwater pressurized research station. Therefore that will be the underwater equivalent to International Space Station.
Proteus, the marine habitat will have its own greenhouse. Also, that allows scientists to cultivate their own food 18 meters under the sea near Curacao, an island in the Caribbean. As a result, circular floors are offset to let in natural light through skylights and portholes. Also, connected through a sloping ramp that encourages activity. However, it takes into consideration various factors- social isolation, humidity, lack of light, and lack of exercise.
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