According to the UN, 68% of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. It is time for us to rethink how we occupy our planet and explore new areas beyond the ones we are used to. Hermeticity is an experimental study of colonizing extreme environments while leaving a reduced footprint.
The proposal envisions a new type of habitat that meets the basic needs of human life taking place in harsh environments. Growing upwards instead of horizontally saves resources and energy. It reduces the impact on the surrounding ecosystem by keeping all the activities concentrated over the same core.
Each tower works as a vertical city. Throughout its height, spaces with different functions can be found including housing units, public spaces, green areas, shops, drone stations, leisure and sports facilities, labs, offices, schools, medical units, recycling stations, power plants, hydroponic, and algae farms.
The common areas are fixed from the start, while the housing units grow according to the number of inhabitants who decide to move in. This building seeks a balance between the various activities that compose human well-being. The goal is to be able to live as if the inhabitants were in a normal climate. With the passage of time, humans have developed technologies that allow us to explore and benefit from nature more smartly and efficiently. The synergy between humans, technology, and nature is the only way to endure climate change.
“Hermeticity” is equipped with wind and solar energy captors which are embedded in the functioning of the building. The facade contains several drone ports that enable the inhabitants to explore the surroundings. Hydroponic farming and photobioreactors provide food and biofuel to the population. Finally, a hyperloop station at the base of the building connects this city with other civilizations.
Hermeticity is an experimental study toward colonizing extreme environments with a reduced footprint.