DNA unveils a Futuristic Eco-Building for the New Skyline of Singapore where Nature and architecture merge to create an Icon HELICO TOWER, a sustainable tower bringing back agriculture to cities where every apartment will be able to have a private garden, a direct relation with Nature. Solar and water resources are provided by the connecting “ribs” that embrace the building in a elegant way by giving both structural and MEP support to all the tower.
The design of this project aims to provide biodiversity integration, allowing to create first ecosystem-like project in Miami searching the equilibrium between nature & architecture and placing an emphasis on sustainability. The strength of the concept resides in the genesis of the greenery that is going to have a remarkable impact on the surroundings and on the lives of its inhabitants: the beauty of ascending series of staggered gardens such as trees, shrubs and vines.
The project represents a built ecosystem that integrates flora and fauna in the heart of Miami city, thus proving that architecture is something more just concrete and steel.
The project is made up of 3 towers of different heights that, grouped as an ellipse, create a large central courtyard that acts as a vertical garden and regulates the interior microclimate of each of the houses as a chimney. Each building provides a dedicated access to the roof terrace with infinity swimming pools and sky-gardens offering a breathtaking 360 degrees views of the skyline towards the beautiful places of the city.
Five principles of biophilic architecture were applied to perform this design:
Reinforce the visual conjunction with Nature creating a geometry wearing planted dress- natural biotopes such as Hanging Gardens with an elegant style.
Concentrate on Thermal Variation imitating the natural environment creating subtle changes in air, humidity.
Implement different types of light such as Vivid and Diffused that allow us to enjoy the game of shadows with different intensity, thus establishing real conditions that occur in nature.
Implement Biomorphic shapes and patterns inspired by the natural textures that help to the city-dwellers to relax, concentrate and enjoy the well-being.
Achieve the expression of biotopes through the sensory connection with Nature using recyclable materials.