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Solar City Tower Proposal


With every passing Olympic Games, the event has always been an opportunity for the hosting country to showcase some great architecture and design. The upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro won’t be any different as RAFAA; a Swiss architecture studio based in Zurich, has proposed the Solar City Tower which will be a self-sustaining tower utilizing the abundant sunshine in Rio, to provide the city with sufficient energy during the games. The hope is that with this structure, the first zero-carbon games in history will be possible!


The 105 meter tall architecture, will be created on the island of Cotonduba. The concept came from the idea that “After hosting the United Nation’s Earth Summit in 1992, Rio de Janeiro will once again be the starting point for a global green movement and for a sustainable development of urban structures.


The project will consist of a solar powered plant that will produce energy for the city during the day. It will also pump seawater into the tower in preparation for the energies needed during the night. By evening, the water will be released again; with the help of turbines to generate electricity. Inside the building, people can gather and congregate with the inclusion of a cafeteria and shopping arcade. Other than the practical element of this project, it will also be an impressive looking wonder.


I really hope this project gets the nod not only for its mission in creating the first zero-carbon footprint at the Olympics, but also because of how immaculate it looks!

photos via Bustler.

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  • http://twitter.com/m_girl07 Manley H

    It seems like a great idea but think of how much it'll cost!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.loo Eugene Loo

    That is so true, but regardless cities need to spend exorbitant amounts of cash on the games in general. If it's possible to create zero-carbon exhibits, at least no extra pollution will be created to sustain and keep these buildings running.

    It looks amazing though aesthetically.