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15 Nov 2019
Luca Curci rethinks lifestyles and communities with water-based vertical city concept
By Stu Robarts
Luca Curci rethinks lifestyles and communities with water-based vertical city concept
The 750m (2,500ft)-high city-building is designed to accommodate 25,000 people across 180 floors
Photo: Luca Curci Architects
Luca Curci Architects have designed a water-based vertical city concept designed to encourage healthier lifestyles and to reimagine the traditional concepts of community and society.

The 750m (2,500ft)-high city-building is intended to be population-dense, accommodating 25,000 people across 180 floors, but also highly sustainable.

The building has a modular structure constructed from 18 prefabricated slice-like elements that are repeatable both horizontally and vertically.

Each element houses 10 floors with their composite parts and is wrapped within photovoltaic glass that generates electricity.

Wind and water turbines also generate power and energy storage technologies are included in the design to ensure power efficiency.

Food production, farming and water desalination facilities contribute to the tower's self-sufficiency and there is a zero-waste policy.

Perforations in the building's skin, meanwhile, allow for air circulation and allow natural light into the building.

Every slice of 18 floors will include community amenities, including pools, markets, spiritual centres and cultural hubs.

There are also green public spaces and vertical gardens, as well as a public garden square at the top of the building.

Each floor has residences of different shapes and sizes, including apartments, duplexes and villas.

Underwater floors will also accommodate vehicle storage and technical areas, with a circular basement equipped with external and internal docks.

A connection with the mainland can be made possible via a semi-submerged bridge for pedestrians and road transport, while a helipad allows for connections by air.

The main residential city-tower is envisaged to be connected – by water and by air – to other structures housing offices, government departments, healthcare facilities and educational institutions.

There are additional auxiliary structures for lifestyle amenities such as hotels with underwater views, wellness and spa centres, sports centres, shopping malls and other leisure attractions.

Luca Curci said: "We will build a new way of living – more sustainable with more interconnected communities and programs, deleting suburbs and reducing poverty. It is our goal to make sure Vertical Cities will be affordable and available to everyone."

Development of the vertical city project began five years ago and it will be presented officially at the Knowledge Summit 2019 in Dubai.

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