In the year 2050, big cities willaccomodate more than 50% of the world’s population and even more will get fromrural zones to urban centers. Although this means more people will have accessto education, jobs and health, living in a metropoli apparently contradicts many human instincts; We have hundreds of neighbors and we don’t know each other atall, we see thousands of people every day and we ignore most of them, we workon the 10th floor of a building and we haven`t seen those workingbelow us in the 9th floor; getting from point A to point B withinour city requires a predetermined set of turns and oblique pathways in a route blindedby a visual competition of everything but nature.
It’s impossible to greet 1000 persons everytime we go to the gym, but good design in our buildings and cities couldunleash and refresh our routine and also contribute to enhance the energyefficiency of all our activities.
My goal with Adamant Building is to improve ourcities with more open and communicative working spaces. A crystal, specificallya diamond came into mind for its natural appearance and great properties, but whatmakes a diamond so special when it is made of one of the most common elementsof all? Carbon is a tetravalent element with a tetrahedral shape and the veryspecial capability of self bonding, a specific arrangement of carbon atomscreates a genuine diamond, and it’s extremely ordered configuration makes itthe harder known material.
Adamant building takes advantage of theunquestionable wisdom of nature, applying the chemical properties of thismaterial to get a lighter and stronger structural frame and utilizing the dynamismof the molecule to create more diverse interior spaces.
Actual elevator systems work exactly as a bus route would work if it had to stop every 50 meters; it’s just very inefficient, it takes more time to get to your destination and it consumes more energy.
Gravity is an omnipresent source ofnatural endless energy. Instead of taking advantage of it, we are using energyto take people up inside a building and then throwing away the gravitationalpotential energy gained by consuming more energy to bring people down. Verticaldisplacement inside Adamant Building is composed by a smaller amount of biggerelevators and energy producing escalators in every single floor.
Working as a roller conveyor systemdoes, the escalators will be used only for descending and they will use gravityto transform rotation into energy every time a user goes down in it. Usersactivate the escalator at least 2 times: going down from the street level tothe main lobby or going down from the exit lobby to the street level. Everyone workingin a floor without direct elevator connection will take 3 additional escalatorsevery time they exit the building.
With 55 floors and an assumption of 50users per floor, Adamant Building has 2750 potential energy producers. If theyget in and out the building just once, they will use their bodyweight toactivate the escalator 10,650 times.
- Most of any metropoli's street level is occupied by stores, restaurants and other commercial spaces. Rising the building from the street level will clear and extend the visibility for the pedestrians and drivers, furthermore, it will be possible to increase the land occupation for green areas in the city and create diagonal shortcuts between streets for pedestrians and new and greener massive transportation systems.
The skin was designed to produce self-shaded facades and intercept sunlight with properly orientated surfaces for solar cells. Holes were left throughout the entire building to allow sunlight to reach the lower levels of the city, increase natural light inside the building, release wind pressure from the structure and collect renewable energy with wind turbines.
Time is a very valuable possesion in the contemporary lifestyle. Bigger elevators with less floors to serve equals less time in displacement and waiting, in addition, common spaces are created in tripple height common areas which will offer vegetation, terraces and a feeling of human interaction and amplitude inside the building.
A pressurized safe room at the bottom of each common space and gravity powered escalators that can't malfunction due to an electric fail will always be ready to serve in an opportune situation.