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Skyburbs Combine Suburban & High-Rise Living

We've seen many examples of conceptual vertical farming, and of course high-rise living - but what about a combination of the two? Architects from...

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on September 11, 2009.
Skyburbs Combine Suburban and High-Rise Living-2

We’ve seen many examples of vertical farming, and of course high-rise living – but what about a combination of the two? Architects from Tzannes Associates in Sydney have dreamed up just such an idea with their Skyburbs concept design.

The design combines the wide open spaces of suburban neighborhoods with the efficient density of urban living by stacking indoor/outdoor modular living spaces into the footprint of a skyscraper. Lawns, gardens, fields and homes are all
packed in as components of a high-rise building.

Inhabitat explains the additional eco-benefits of the Skyburbs concept:

Each level has a floor plenum, which is equipped with energy, water and services to support the various functions of the level. The structure itself to support this is composed of steel beams in order to let enough light into each area.

In the winter, the low angle of the sun will be able to penetrate into the center of each level, providing warmth and passive solar heating. During the summer, the sun will be high and only light the edges of the building, allowing the center to remain shaded. Combined with excellent natural ventilation across the level, the interior should remain cool.

Inhabitat: “Skyburbs: Bringing the Burbs to the City”

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