A proposal for an eco-friendly, cloud-shaped high-rise has been awarded top honours in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition.

Titled ‘Cloud Citizen’, the winning project was produced by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design, in collaboration with experts from Sweden’s Chalmers Technical University,

The mixed-use building was designed in response to the competition brief for a new high tech, green financial city district, similar to places like La Défense in Paris or Canary Wharf in London.

The 680-metre tall mega structure is made up of a hyper dense arrangement of interconnected living modules, public spaces, offices and retail facilities, some of which appear to be suspended in the air.

Each public space connects to a large ‘Skypark’ that acts as a green network for the city and as a sanctuary for fauna and flora. 

Systems for harvesting rainwater and producing power from solar, algae and wind sources have also been incorporated, as well as mechanisms to store carbon and filter pollutants from the air.  

According to the architects, “cloud citizen is as much a strategy for how to build future cities capable of giving back more to the environment than they cost, as it is a singular iconographic mega building complex with an identifiable and striking skyline giving character and hope to the vision of a greener future enabled by human enterprise.”

Courtesy Arch Daily