The architecture of London is rich and varied, showing examples from various periods in its history. The city is one of the most popular in the world but a lack of space is leading to some innovative ideas that can solve the problem. Whilst the city is running out of land to expand outwards there is still plenty of room to build up. A new concept design for a 300 metre tall skyscraper that can house an entire city has been released bringing new discussion to how space in busy cities can be used. The design is called the Endless City.
The building is designed with a pair of interwoven ramps that continuously wrap around it creating various floors. Both ramps have a smooth, gradual gradient so they can continue as high as is required. Although planned for 300 metres extra height could easily be added when necessary. This design is unique and gives the whole structure a sense of continuity and flow. Spaces to park cars are located below ground so there is no wasted space around the property and the potential of land is maximised. The whole structure would be supported by six steel tubes that also house stairs, amenities and lifts.
The skyscraper will have space for housing, businesses, schools, shops and public plazas for events and gatherings. Large green spaces are planned, housing internal gardens and plants that will help to purify the air in the structure. The whole building will have its own eco-system, including mechanical ventilation. There would be less reliance on artificial lighting and much less energy consumption because of the heating and ventilation systems and use of passive technology.
Designs like the Endless City show the level of innovation architects in large cities have when considering how to make the best use of space in busy urban areas. Concepts like these can easily be imagined as a part of the skyline in cities like London. These designs will bring residential and commercial architecture together seamlessly in a single building whilst also accounting for open spaces – a very impressive proposition and one that all architects in London are sure to find exciting.