Architecture » Hyperions Complex
Country: New Delhi
Address: Jaypee Greens Sports City
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Completed: 2020 year
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Floor count: 36 floors
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Design and construction
Style: Garden, Futuristic
Building Uses: office, residential
Vincent Callebaut Architectures has developed a high-rise vision called Hyperions, a study that aims to combine sustainable food systems with timber towers in New Delhi, India. Hyperions comprises six office and residential towers, each 36 stories high. The name comes from the tallest tree in the world, the hyperion, a sequoia semperviren found in Northern California – whose size can reach 116 meters. The aim behind the project was to create a cultural hub that combines urban greening, small scale farming, environmental protection, and biodiversity.
The concept was developed by Amlankusam, a 45-year-old agroecologist. He says “for the past five years, I’ve lived with my family in the heart of a plus-energy, vertical eco-neighborhood producing more energy than it consumes. In collaboration with architects, agricultural engineers, agronomists, and farmers, I conceived this garden tower project with the double objective of energy decentralization and food deindustrialization. My approach is holistic, combining the best of low-tech and high-tech.”
All the wood required for the building would come from the Delhi Forest, which is managed sustainably. The forest has 68 million hectares of forest covering 23% of its territory. India is one of the most wooded countries on earth and the world’s second-highest producer of fruit and vegetables.
The six garden towers would act as a vertical village with a high social and cultural mix, offering flexible, evolutionary spaces dedicated to business incubators, living labs, co-working spaces, multi-purpose rooms, and concierge services all located behind solar façades. All apartments would open onto cascading hydroponic balconies. Indoor furniture is made from natural materials such as tamarind and sandalwood, and comes from local cabinetmakers, fabrication labs, and recycling shops.
The towers are linked together with footbridges, and converge under a large orchard roof that serves as a meeting place for the small urban farmer community. Whether it’s summer, monsoon, or winter, families could meet there, pick fruit, go for a run, get some exercise in the sports hall, swim in the pool, or watch over their kids in the playgrounds. These communal footbridges would be irrigated by collected rainwater and residents’ greywater. This network of elevated walkways is intended to give residents the ability to move from one tower to another and forge social and interdependent relationships among neighbors. (via DesignBoom)
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