Skyscraper Concept "Times Squared 3015" Stacks Mountains and Malls in One Building

We know what New York City's Times Square looks like now, but what about in the year 3015? In a concept proposed by Blake Freitas, Grace Chen and Alexi Kararavokiris, it could have a magnificent skyscraper that contains a mountain range, beach, shopping centers, Giants' Stadium, and much more. The trio calls it Times Squared 3015, and it's over a mile tall at 5,687 feet high. Compared to the Empire State Building, which is 1,454 feet tall, the structure is massive.

The designers wanted to “fit an entire city within itself,” and it's how they came this unique arrangement. Destination zones – like housing, malls, and farming – consist of individualized modules that are stacked on top of each other. And, at the peak of the skyscraper, a smaller cityscape is enclosed and offers dazzling views of what's below.

“This tower embraces the problems of overpopulation, farm production, oxygen generation, and the re-purposing of obsolete infrastructure,” Freitas, Chen, and Kararavokiris write. It also creates a new kind of daily life. “Residents have a beach or a redwood forest right in their own backyard. A shopping mall or the latest football game are just an elevator ride away,” they explain. It's an unconventional and intriguing vision for the future of Manhattan.

Times Squared 3015 recently won honorable mention in the 2015 eVolvo Skyscraper Competition.

Times Squared 3015 on eVolvo website
via [Laughing Squid and The Creator's Project]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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