From Dubai-based architecture firm ZN | Era comes this interesting proposal: The Downtown Circle, a massive elevated circular structure that would surround the Burj Khalifa. Serving as an answer to the challenge of maintaining liveability while building densely, the Downtown Circle project envisages a sustainable, self-sufficient vertical urbanism. This solitary mega building complex strives to establish a hyper-efficient urban center that contributes positively to the environment. The proposed 550 meter tall megastructure presents a unique alternative to the isolated high-rises typically found in most metropolitan areas, similar to the refreshing contrast Dubai’s spectacular beaches offer amid the city’s high-rising landscape.
“The Skypark: Different natural scenarios and climates are recreated inside the continuous skypark, forecasting a lively journey to the visitors and residents. They can experience the canyons, sandy dunes and plants from various floras. Swamps, waterfalls and tropical vegetation or the digital caves, cascades, fruit-trees and flowers of various hues and species together enrich the green ecosystem.”
“A fleet of suspended peripheral pods transport passengers from one node to another in the Downtown Circle. These suspended vessels travel through a network of rail at the bottom tier to get to their destination.”
“The environmental performance of the external louver system is optimized by varying the density of the louvers from one area of the facade to another in response to solar orientation and the self-shadowing that results from the building geometry. This geometry and the architecture of the facade in combination with the play of shimmering light effects from the surrounding water contributes to the compelling atmospheric and iconic quality of the @downtowncircle. The elevated heliport located on the roof of the inner ring provides transportation to all inhabitants.”