3D-Printed Skyscraper from Sand


The featured tower has been thought up by a Chinese design team. They have envisaged a cluster of solar-powered 3D-printed towers made of sand.

Babel Towers are a series of ecological structures designed by Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, and Guo Shen. They act as both  scientific and residential facilities in the desert.

The project has been developed in two sections. The first (half-buried in the ground) is connected to other towers through via a tube network extending in every direction (providing stability much in the same way a sand dune does with grasses and shrubs.

The other section is elevated high above the ground spiraling outwards to offer facilities for a community to be able to thrive in the desert.With  no access to the electrical grid, the team has incorporated passive design techniques to achieve the required cooling.

In the design team’s brief on eVolo, they state…”the dual funnel model not only improves cross-ventilation, but also generates water condensation atop the structures based on temperature differences”.

Currently just a concept, its level of articulation has warranted an honorable mention in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper competition. We would agree…great idea!

You can see more at: http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/03/solar-sintered-sand-babel-tower/#sthash.3wpq3vgj.dpuf

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