The Chinese city of Shenzhen recently commissioned the French firm Vincent Callebaut Architects to come up with an innovative and sustainable building solution for the growing metropolis. The result is this: The Shenzhen Asian Cairn Farmscraper project, an initiative consisting of six mix-used towers structured like a pile of rocks. Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, the buildings will provide space for residents, offices, shops, recreation — and as the name would imply, its own food.
Each farmscraper will consist of three interlacing eco-spirals of ‘pebbles’ which make their way up two large towers. The word ‘cairn’ describes piles of stones that are often used to identify hiking trails.