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Tomorrowlands: 10 Space-Age Humanity Pads That Could Be Built Today

Earthscraper

The Earthscraper is a skyscraper that drills downward.

Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, is Disney’s big movie offering this Memorial Day weekend, and looks to battle it out with Pitch Perfect 2 for the big bucks. It was, in the abstract, inspired by the Tomorrowland section of the Disneyworld/Disneyland parks, although the visuals for the film had to be amped up quite a bit—one problem with creating architecture of the future is that it that your predictions start to look pretty dated pretty quick.

What’s remarkable about the designs we’ve seen for Tomorrowland is how achievable it all is—check out the buildings in these concept images (and don’t be distracted by all the zoomy roadways, which we could have built 50 years ago):

Tomorrowland Concept Art

Tomorrowland Concept Art

Tomorrowland Concept Art

Tomorrowland Concept Art

Right now, there are plenty of executable Tomorrowland-ish concept designs for buildings that could—or will—be built; here are 10 of the coolest:

Atmosphere, Kolkata, India

Life on the cloud

Atmosphere

Atmosphere designed by Arcstudio Architecture + Urbanism

“Atmosphere consists of two towers, 500 ft. high, 165 ft. apart. These towers comprise of 80 villas stacked on top of each other. Ranging in size from 6000 sft to 8750 sft, these villas include both Single Floor Villas and Double Floor Villas. … Hanging between the two towers at a height of 400 ft. is Deya. This suspended structure, a sculpture actually, is not just a green roof. Spread over 55,000 sq. ft, and spanning across 4 levels, this residents’ club will be the most exclusive club in the country, with only the 80 families that live here as its members.” —ForumAtmosphere.com

Atmosphere

Atmosphere designed by Arcstudio Architecture + Urbanism

Atmosphere

Atmosphere designed by Arcstudio Architecture + Urbanism

Atmosphere

Atmosphere designed by Arcstudio Architecture + Urbanism

Citta Della Scienza, Rome

Snacks galore

Citta della Scienza

Citta della Scienza designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

“Inspired by the Land Art, the eco-district makes itself metabolic, fertile and creative! Facades are covered with free edible plants and become like epidermises, intelligent, self-regenerational and organic. Roofs and balconies become new grounds of a green city. The orchards and food gardens are not placed side by side with the new buildings anymore, they are the buildings of this eco-masterplan!” —Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Citta della Scienza

Citta della Scienza designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Citta della Scienza

Citta della Scienza designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Citta della Scienza

Citta della Scienza designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Crystal Island, Moscow

We see your point

Crystal Island

Crystal Island designed by Foster + Partners

“The tent-like superstructure would rise to 450m, and form a breathable “second skin” and thermal buffer for the main building, shielding the interior spaces from Moscow’s weather. This second skin will be sealed in winter to minimise heat loss, and opened in the summer to naturally cool the interior.” —OpenBuildings.com

Crystal Island

Crystal Island designed by Foster + Partners

Namaste Hotel and Office Center, Mumbai

In the future, buildings will do yoga

Namaste

Namaste Hotel and Office Tower designed by Tom Wright of Atkins

“A building that would become representative of the city: the picture postcard of Mumbai. … The two wings of the hotel are clasped together like hands greeting the city of Mumbai. In this way the architectural design of the hotel provides the ultimate symbol of hospitality and welcome, as seen in the cultural context of India.” —OpenBuildings.com

Namaste

Namaste Hotel and Office Tower designed by Tom Wright of Atkins

Namaste

Namaste Hotel and Office Tower designed by Tom Wright of Atkins

Taipei Nangang Office Tower

The world’s biggest wireless router

Taipei Nangang Office Tower

Taipei Nangang Office Tower

“The design for the new Taipei Nangang Office Tower draws inspiration from the shape of the river pebbles, developing a unique aesthetic that conveys the idea of softness and elegance as well as strength and character. Located in close proximity to the Jilong River and a major overpass highway in Taipei, the surrounding environment provided the opportunity to propose a building that will redefine the skyline of this rapidly developing area of Taipei.” —OpenBuildings.com

Taipei Nangang Office Tower

Taipei Nangang Office Tower

Taipei Nangang Office Tower

Taipei Nangang Office Tower

Tianjin Eco-City, plots 8 and 17, China

Because if anyone needs an eco-city, it’s China

Tianjin Eco-City

Tianjin Eco-City

“The masterplan draws inspiration from the curvy details of the butterfly iconography; the design explores the organization of the structural elements of nature applied to the composition of architecture and landscape layouts. The architectural volumes lay on soft curves, with the landscape integrating and embracing the forms imitating the butterfly shape.” —OpenBuildings.com

Tianjin Eco-City

Tianjin Eco-City

Tianjin Eco-City

Tianjin Eco-City

Velo Towers, Seoul

This building is totally stacked

Velo Towers

Velo Towers designed by Asymptote Architecture

“The Velo Towers consist of three major components: a base, the stacked volumes, and a sky bridge. At the base, a plinth connects the towers and provides space for park side condominiums and a covered drop off area beneath. … A sky bridge high above not only structurally connects the two towers cores, but also provides public amenities in the sky overlooking Seoul.” —ArchDaily.com

Velo Towers

Velo Towers designed by Asymptote Architecture

Velo Towers

Velo Towers designed by Asymptote Architecture

Earthscraper, Mexico City

Pro: Doesn’t clutter up the skyline. Con: No views of skyline

Earthscraper

Earthscraper designed by BNKR Arquitectura

“The Earthscraper is the Skyscraper’s antagonist in a historic urban landscape where … the preservation of the built environment is the paramount ambition. It preserves the iconic presence of the city square and the existing hierarchy of the buildings that surround it. It is an inverted pyramid with a central void to allow all habitable spaces to enjoy nabral lighting and ventilation.” —BNKR Arquitectura

Earthscraper

Earthscraper designed by BNKR Arquitectura

Earthscraper

Earthscraper designed by BNKR Arquitectura

Miami Pier Museum Of Latin American Immigrants

Immigration expressed in building form

Miami Pier Museum Of Latin American Immigrants

Miami Pier Museum Of Latin American Immigrants designed by MJZ

“Built to symbolize the turbulent trials of immigration and the furies of the sea that brought the immigrants to Florida, the building is symbolic and artful in its reflection of the struggles of Miami’s immigrants. The exterior’s twists symbolize the complicated emotions involved with leaving a motherland and coming to a land of opportunity. Simultaneously, the building’s interior features twisting elevations, reminding visitors of the effort needed and hills that are climbed in the immigration process.” —OpenBuildings.com

Miami Pier Museum Of Latin American Immigrants

Miami Pier Museum Of Latin American Immigrants designed by MJZ

Miami Pier Museum Of Latin American Immigrants

Miami Pier Museum Of Latin American Immigrants designed by MJZ

HSB 2023 Vasterbroplan, Stockholm

The biggest wood in Sweden

HSB 2023 Vasterbroplan

HSB 2023 Vasterbroplan designed by C.F. Møller Architects

“A 34-floor wooden apartment building designed around a wooden structure with stabilising concrete cores and will act as a new characteristic landmark and meeting place in the city. Pillars and beams will be constructed using solid wood and inside the apartments all windows, ceilings and window frames will be made from wood, allowing the material to also be visible from the outside through the large windows.” —C.F. Moller Architects

HSB 2023 Vasterbroplan

HSB 2023 Vasterbroplan designed by C.F. Møller Architects

HSB 2023 Vasterbroplan

HSB 2023 Vasterbroplan designed by C.F. Møller Architects

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Published on: May 23, 2015

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