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Architect Vincent Callebaut is known for drafting outlandish building projects that virtually beg to be laughed at by financiers—the Bionic Arch, however, is another matter altogether.
The Belgian architect has submitted plans for a new vertical farm to the Taichung Gateway City Project in Taiwan. The concept illustrations (attached) should give you an idea of the scale and grandeur of the project, which hopes to synthesize tranquility, ecology, carbon reduction and recreation all in one. Not only will the Bionic Arch provide foodstuff to the citizens of Taipei, but it’ll power the surrounding region via solar and wind cells. Callebaut explains that the building will exemplify a new standard in green construction, being 100% self-sufficient and CO2 neutral.