Mexico City’s 65-Story Inverted Skyscraper

earthscraper-11The Earthscraper is a conceptual design for a see-through 82,000-square-foot inverted pyramid proposed to be built underneath Mexico City. With space already filled in the world’s major cities, will the future be about building downwards? Via Ecomagination:

Earthscraper may have burst the bounds of the architectural world because it has taken a truly new approach to escalating megacity problems like planning for population growth, curbing sprawl, preserving open space, and conserving energy and water.

The inverted pyramid’s next 10 stories are intended for retail space, followed by 10 stories of apartments. The structure’s deepest, tapering 35 floors are pegged for office space. The interior design concept also incorporates a system of gardens occurring roughly every 10 stories, to help generate fresh air.

43 Comments on "Mexico City’s 65-Story Inverted Skyscraper"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Dec 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm |

    I’ll say that the name earth scraper makes more sense than sky scraper.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Dec 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm |

    I’ll say that the name earth scraper makes more sense than sky scraper.

  3. That should be interesting in a rain storm … every office will be equipped with a wet suits and scuba tanks.

  4. That should be interesting in a rain storm … every office will be equipped with a wet suits and scuba tanks.

  5. jasonpaulhayes | Dec 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm |

    That should be interesting in a rain storm … every office will be equipped with a wet suits and scuba tanks.

  6. James O'Connor | Dec 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm |

    That should probably have, better than state-of-the-art, fire prevention, detection and extinguishing systems.  Won’t be any EMS folks climbing up ladders and through windows.

  7. James O'Connor | Dec 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm |

    That should probably have, better than state-of-the-art, fire prevention, detection and extinguishing systems.  Won’t be any EMS folks climbing up ladders and through windows.

  8. Someone may want to tell them that Mexico City is built in the bed of a drained lake and is still the natural basin for a closed watershed system.

  9. Someone may want to tell them that Mexico City is built in the bed of a drained lake and is still the natural basin for a closed watershed system.

  10. Hadrian999 | Dec 22, 2011 at 1:10 am |

    110% chance 007 ends up chasing a bad guy in there

  11. Hadrian999 | Dec 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm |

    110% chance 007 ends up chasing a bad guy in there

  12. BlackHeartMamma | Dec 22, 2011 at 1:36 am |

    Not to mention that it’s prone to earthquakes too.

  13. BlackHeartMamma | Dec 22, 2011 at 1:36 am |

    Not to mention that it’s prone to earthquakes too.

  14. Here and I was wondering how the Topography of Portal 2 existed. And now i know.

  15. Here and I was wondering how the Topography of Portal 2 existed. And now i know.

  16. Here and I was wondering how the Topography of Portal 2 existed. And now i know.

  17. Yeah, there’s that too…

  18. Spinbubba | Dec 22, 2011 at 4:09 am |

    Umbrella Corporations first office

  19. Spinbubba | Dec 22, 2011 at 12:09 am |

    Umbrella Corporations first office

  20. Well that is the most amazing news but i think this will not be a good option because if it is hit by an earthquake than what will happen all the inhabitants will be burred with no chance to escape. but i am looking to cover this problem on http://www.globaltechnologyblog.com and discuss this issue in more details. 

  21. Anonymous | Dec 22, 2011 at 5:12 am |

    fuuuuck that. Disaster

  22. fuuuuck that. Disaster

    • Anarchy Pony | Dec 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm |

      Totally. Some greedy capital investor demands they cut corners… and BOOM! ’70s disaster movie, Airport or Posiedon Adventure or what have you.

      • 70s disaster movies are exactly what came to mind. Disgusting most of all is how predictable it is! I mean really. People -wanna say sheeple- will file into the death trap for jobs. I’m conflicted sometimes over how much we can honestly blame elites of capital when people are such herd animals, despite fuckin’ knowing better. At least buffalo had no clue they were are about to run off a cliff.

        • Anarchy Pony | Dec 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm |

          But don’t forget, they aren’t dumb herd animals all on their own, the society grooms them to be as such. It’s self perpetuating.

          • Putting it simply, the question is how much people are responsible for themselves, ultimately. People allow themselves to be groomed too easily.

          • Anarchy Pony | Dec 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm |

            Yes, but if it starts when they are children, how are they supposed to know better? Hell, I barely escaped it. Now I use an anarchist pony as my internet psuedonym.

  23. Your English sucks.

  24. Your English sucks.

  25. Anonymous | Dec 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |

    you beat me to it.

  26. Anonymous | Dec 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |

    you beat me to it.

  27. Anarchy Pony | Dec 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm |

    Totally. Some greedy capital investor demands they cut corners… and BOOM! ’70s disaster movie, Airport or Posiedon Adventure or what have you.

  28. Anonymous | Dec 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm |

    70s disaster movies are exactly what came to mind. Disgusting most of all is how predictable it is! I mean really. People -wanna say sheeple- will file into the death trap for jobs. I’m conflicted sometimes over how much we can honestly blame elites of capital when people are such herd animals, despite fuckin’ knowing better. At least buffalo had no clue they were are about to run off a cliff.

  29. Anarchy Pony | Dec 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm |

    But don’t forget, they aren’t dumb herd animals all on their own, the society grooms them to be as such. It’s self perpetuating.

  30. Anonymous | Dec 25, 2011 at 12:05 am |

    Putting it simply, the question is how much people are responsible for themselves, ultimately. People allow themselves to be groomed too easily.

  31. Anarchy Pony | Dec 25, 2011 at 12:38 am |

    Yes, but if it starts when they are children, how are they supposed to know better? Hell, I barely escaped it. Now I use an anarchist pony as my internet psuedonym.

  32. Colddrake80 | Dec 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm |

    Prone to earthquakes? Nah, don’t worry about that. Considering its the geological equivalent of a bowl of jello it’s prone to be DESTROYED by earthquakes.

  33. Colddrake80 | Dec 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm |

    Prone to earthquakes? Nah, don’t worry about that. Considering its the geological equivalent of a bowl of jello it’s prone to be DESTROYED by earthquakes.

  34. there are just so many problems with this, the first being that the entire point of this building seems to be to curb urban sprawl and save space… but this building most certainly has a foot print, and takes up space like any other building, and in fact it’s foot print is larger in proportion to it’s total square footage then a normal building because it is a pyramid. Therefor, it is simply a cool concept that in fact does the opposite of it’s intention and is less efficient and taking up ground space then a traditional building. The only advantage or point to this would be that it is underground and not sticking up in the air… but like other users have pointed out these don’t seem like advantages. You are talking about an earthquake zone and a former lake bed. It seems like whatever advantages it would have would be overcome by all crazy engineering and the safety features and systems it would need just to make sure people did drowned or get trapped in a giant sink hole that is there home or office. It’s going to to terribly hot and dank down at those lower levels…  

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