The Earthscraper Will be Mexico City's Largest Subterranean Structure

 - Oct 2, 2011
References: dvice & geekologie
The Earthscraper's name very accurately describes its design principle: it's a building that carves into the ground, reaching its zenith some 65 storeys below the soil surface.

Designed by BNKR Arquitectura, a Mexican engineering firm, the conceptual Earthscraper intends to be built smack-dab in the midst of Mexico City. The architects working on the project have explained that the subterranean edifice would not only preserve the city's infamously low skyline, but it would contribute to the cultural flair of the area, as the first 10 floors would be occupied by Aztec museum exhibits. Further down, plans have been made for a shopping center, retail stores, apartment buildings and (all the way at the bottom) office buildings.

Natural light will be allowed to reflect and refract all the way down via a series of glass ducts that run along the height of the building.