Alessandro Liberati‘s Efficient Living Machine project transforms a building into an infrastructure able to improve and expand the lifestyle of the metropolis. Liberati proposes that the skyscraper become a system of overlapping grids upon the existing environment as a way to read the city differently. These grids contain different layers of programmed activities, ranging from recreational areas to farms, and from public parks to areas of commerce.
“Our skyscraper can offer citizens different lifestyles depending on the level where you are. You can switch it from the Farm, recreation and public parks, residences, offices all closely related to the variety of functions that already exist in the city,” explained Liberati.
Although the project offers new nodes of activity, the system fuses with the existing city’s fabric from the union of the Metro stations, both currently and in anticipation of the future. “This spatial structure increases the density of functions, which also has the ability to be mobile and change their configuration to the internal structure of each individual to follow what are the socio-economic dynamics of a metropolis in constant change and implemeting as an evolution of cross programming,” explained the architect.
The two grids are connected via a vertical link that both joins the various means of transport and simultaneously generates new public spaces for socializing. These vertical connections are specifically designed to function as generators for the self-sufficiency of the new metropolis, in terms of electricity, food, heat and oxygen. The eletricity is derived from systems of wind turbines, photovoltaic systems of high concentration and hydrogen system. The food is produced in the farm; the heating is given by the fermentation of organic waste from the farm and the whole city. The oxygen is produced from the electrolysis and circulated to the domestic buildings to improve the living comfort. The city has a system for collecting rainwater, which when purified are-re-entered into the system.
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