Building Concept Would Be Built 1,000 Feet Below Ground

Architects have devised a plan for the growing lack of land — start building underground.
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Architects have devised a plan for the growing lack of land — start building underground.
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In most cities, skyscrapers are the way to go when it comes to finding large square footage in areas where there isn't much available land. However, there are cities like Mexico City that aren't able to build new constructions over ten stories tall. The solution, according to BKNR Arquitectura, is to start building underground.

The firm's earth-scraper is an inverted pyramid with a central lightwell that illuminates and ventilates while allowing greenery to grow.

The building doesn't get in the way of existing city squares, as it has the structure of an open void rather than filled volume. This turns it into a transparent platform, which adds dimension without getting rid of functionality. So, it serves as a window into the building below and also serves as an area to hold public gatherings, music festivals, parades and exhibitions.

The building itself has multiple floors that includes housing, shopping and office spaces. WebUrbanist reports that it is designed so that each space faces outwards, ensuring there is a view from every angle.

The earth-scraper is currently just a concept has many other technical questions need to be addressed, such as what engineering and mechanical systems the building would require, and how emergency exist systems would work. 

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