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Camping in the Sky

How can you find enough space to build a campground in the city? Make it a skyscraper! That’s the idea behind “Camping in the Sky,” a concept building from the Italian architecture firm FLT Office. The outside of the building can go from transparent to semi-translucent depending on weather conditions, and therefore acts as a greenhouse for the trees and plants inside -and the photovoltaic skin provides the energy needed to keep guests comfortable year-round.     

The proposed skyscraper model boasts a rooftop that can host concerts and other events. On every level of the skyscraper is a forest to simulate the natural environments found during a camping trip. As an added benefit, the skyscraper can act as a greenhouse during the winter to protect guests and internal plants from the cold temperatures and other weather patterns. The boom on a sail is the inspiration for the adjustable skin on the skyscraper. The façade is the piece that contains the organic photovoltaic system which works in conjunction with the skin to maximize flexibility.

The designers say that you don’t even need a new building to do this -it can be installed on the core of an existing abandoned building. Read more about “Camping in the Sky” at Housely


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Wonderful idea but I recently read an article where they said trees growing in skyscraper's just isn't feasible. I keep thinking of root systems and wonder how the architects can stop root systems from breaking up entire floors.
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