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Floating, Iceberg-Inspired Skyscraper Concept Tries to Fight Climate Change

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(Luca Beltrame, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi/eVolo Skyscraper Competition)
(Luca Beltrame, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi/eVolo Skyscraper Competition)

 

An iceberg-inspired building proposal aims to take on climate change in style, using eco-friendly technology.

Heal-Berg is a futuristic, floating skyscraper concept built to impact its immediate surroundings and reduce its overall carbon footprint.

(Luca Beltrame, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi/eVolo Skyscraper Competition)
(Luca Beltrame, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi/eVolo Skyscraper Competition)

 

The tower, designed by Austrian architects Luca Beltrame and Saba Nabavi Tafreshi, earned an honorable mention in Evolo’s 2017 Skyscraper competition, joining other futuristic concepts like the 3D-printed tower that builds itself.

According to Inhabitat, the building is equipped with a laser system invented by UC-Davis researchers to improve surrounding air quality by extracting oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide in the air.

Heal-Berg supports public transportation by integrating with aerial drone shuttles, like those flying over Dubai this summer, as well as Hyperloop systems.

(Luca Beltrame, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi/eVolo Skyscraper Competition)
(Luca Beltrame, Saba Nabavi Tafreshi/eVolo Skyscraper Competition)

 

The skyscraper proposal also details its plan to generate electricity in two different ways. It’s “aerodynamic design” would funnel the wind towards energy-producing turbines built into its exterior. Underwater, the building’s foundation uses a process called salinity gradient power, which uses two different concentrations of salt water, to create electricity.

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