North Korean Architect Dreams Up Futuristic Buildings to Promote Tourism
Would you visit for flying hotels, ski tubes, and sustainable silk co-operatives?
Architects in North Korea work for the government, have little exposure to the outside world and might go their entire career without receiving a private commission. One notable exception is a young architect who is now part of “Commissions for Utopia,” a series of sci-fi designs for the tourism industry if it ever boomed north of the border. Keep going for aerial hotels, sustainable silk co-operatives, ski slops inside giant tubes, and even a helicopter hotel.
Focused on the theme of eco-tourism, the architects ideas include a silk co-operative with solar-powered water wheels that also draws on wind and water for its daily operation. More outlandish proposals include a “flying house” which would offer people a chance to live inside a helicopter while they explore the country, and dense blocks of conical accommodation that feature ski runs in the pipes between each building.