Music inspires everything from fashion to architecture, which is especially true in the design of the Berimbau Eco-Tower, a skyscraper designed after the Brazilian musical bow, the berimbau.
Designed by Luis de Garrido, the Berimbau Eco-Tower is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and offers a sustainable building for housing the country's telecommunications systems. This instrument-inspired tower features a five-story sphere, suspended in the air, that houses offices, shops, a conference room and a gazebo. It is intended for use during the Rio de Janeiro: the World Cup 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, says Evolo.
The structure was also made with recoverable materials, which if the building were deconstructed, could be recycled and reused. Further, the sphere on the Berimbau Eco-Tower contains a heated greenhouse, a geothermal heat pump and a double glass skin comprising of tarps and blinds that ensures insulation and low energy loss in the winter.