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.

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  • Anarchy Pony

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

  • Anarchy Pony

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

  • jasonpaulhayes

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

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

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

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

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

  • James O’Connor

    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.

  • James O’Connor

    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.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    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.

    • BlackHeartMamma

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

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        Yeah, there’s that too…

      • Colddrake80

        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.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    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.

  • Hadrian999

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

  • Hadrian999

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

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

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

  • BlackHeartMamma

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

  • BlackHeartMamma

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

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

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

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

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

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Yeah, there’s that too…

  • Spinbubba

    Umbrella Corporations first office

    • I_abide

      you beat me to it.

  • Spinbubba

    Umbrella Corporations first office

  • http://twitter.com/GlobalTechblog Global Techno Blog

    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. 

  • tooCents

    fuuuuck that. Disaster

    • Anarchy Pony

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

      • tooCents

        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

          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.

          • tooCents

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

          • Anarchy Pony

            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.

  • Anonymous

    fuuuuck that. Disaster

  • Clean

    Your English sucks.

  • Clean

    Your English sucks.

  • Anonymous

    you beat me to it.

  • Anonymous

    you beat me to it.

  • Anarchy Pony

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

  • Anonymous

    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

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anarchy Pony

    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.

  • Colddrake80

    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.

  • Colddrake80

    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.

  • Ggrgrg

    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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