Giant Sequoia Skyscraper Concept Lets You Live in the Trees

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper Concept architecture

Architecture and design journal eVolo focuses on innovative design based on technological advances of the 21st century. Since 2006 they have run an annual Skyscraper Competition, inviting architects from around the globe to unleash their fantasy and create the skyscrapers of the future.

One of 444 projects received was the Giant Sequoia Skyscraper by a group of South Korean architects, which won an honorable mention. The architectural concept plays on the idea of man's continuous desire to overtake nature, as manifested in deforestation. The collective attempts to find balance and harmony with its skyscraper, and selected the impressive sequoia tree as their vessel.

Noting that modernization has chipped away at the lifespan of sequoias, the concept takes advantage of the empty trunks of these dying giants. The man made structure replaces that which has been lost, providing a living space for humans. “It then becomes active as an artificial organ to replace the trunks rotten away. Only occupied in the void is the minimal gesture necessary for human occupation,” the architects write. “The project attempts to educate visitors about these natural wonders while feeling infinitely small among these giant creatures of 100 meters in height and of 27 centuries of history.”

This conceptual skyscraper lives inside the dying shell of a giant sequoia tree.

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper Concept

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper Competition

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper Concept

h/t: [This Isn't Happiness, Moss and Fog]

All images via eVolo.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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