If Sand Babel received an honorable mention in eVolo magazine's 2014 Skyscraper Competition, a contest recognizing novel ideas for vertical living, then the winner must have been spectacular. The spiralling desert tower is a sight for sore eyes as well as the environmentally conscious mind.
Conceived by Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, and Guo Shen, Sand Babel is envisioned as being built using a solar-powered 3-D printer out of the sands that surround it, hence its name. The shape of the scientific research facility is inspired by the look of a mushroom rock, a naturally occurring desert rock formation.
Extending below ground like the roots of a tree, Sand Babel would offer both living and work spaces.