The project is called ‘Hyperions’ and it is about a vertical eco-neighborhood which has the double objective of energy decentralization and food deindustrialization.
Indian agroecologist Amlankusum first conceived the idea, and in cooperation with Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures have released plans of this project, which would theoretically be built in Jaypee Greens Sports City, New Delhi, India. The compound consists of 6 multi-use wooden and timber towers of 36 storeys, full of innovative details meant to optimize energy efficiency and limit environmental impact. But apart from these eco-friendly buildings which blend into the landscape, the surrounding area has been designed to be used for small-scale farming to enable self-sufficient food production.
‘With my degree in agroecology, I have never been able to accept that the industrialization of my country could be at the cost of its population’s sacrifice. To reinvent a new urban and human model based on environmentally and socially respectful green development: That’s my everyday challenge. In the asphyxiated Indian environment, I search for other ways of producing sustainably in order to shelter and feed the growing population. We have lived through the era of carbon, steel, oil and ore, followed by the era of chemicals. I believe that the 21st century will be the era of life and biology’, says Amlankusum.
The substructure is made of steel and concrete with earthquake-resistant properties, while the superstructure consists of locally sourced solid wood.
A 'permaculture greenhouse' enables self-sufficient food production.
Aquaponic balconies are designed, where fruit and vegetable sources can be grown outside apartments.
All images are courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures