Vertical Park: Stackable Solar Skyscraper for Mexico City

Mexico City is a metropolis where zones are meshed as commerce and life often converge to create dynamic spaces of interaction and interconnectivity. Unfortunately, these zones are being pushed to the periphery as modern development increases delineation to create islands of program disconnected from the pulse of the city. With all its potential for profit, this march of capitalism poses a threat on the cultural and sustainable potential of the city; as zones separate, so do our lives as significant time and energy is spent in transit. Meanwhile, green space is increasingly devoured by steel and concrete.

In response with these demands, we have designed a module, highly structural and flexible in order to provide horizontal and vertical stacking along with diverse insertions to create a mesh not unlike that seen in the periphery. Located in Coyoacan, Mexico City, the project is to revive the calcification of modernity. Here green space is hard to come by. An estimated population of 22 million inhabitants bears an impressive weight on the Valley of Mexico and, in recent years, architects and urbanists have been examining solutions to combat the thickening smog. The module affords not only spaces for living and working but for urban farming, water reclamation, and solar energy collection. As the modules rise vertically to create a high-rise structure, they also spread horizontally in order to create canopies for street level commerce. To provide a more sustainable response to the potential demands of the city, these modules can be rearranged, relocated, and remodeled throughout Mexico City and potentially throughout the world.

Although some may argue that such massive replication would destroy the aims of the project by increasing visual and spatial homogeneity, the flexibility of the project allows the structure of the model to be configured with such diversity that new programs, skins and layouts can be applied in order to adapt to the given region.

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This stunning Vertical Park by Jorge Hernandez de la Garza intends to infuse the city with much-needed green space in the form of a modular skyscraper made up of a series of stacking unit. The solar-powered structure contains sky-gardens in addition to spaces for living and working, and recycles all of its own water.

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Each module of the Vertical Park can be configured to provide space for public and private use, water and solar collection, and urban farming. This allows for flexibility in design, size, and location – including the potential for relocation throughout the city or the world. The Vertical Park’s steel frame will support solar panels used to power the building’s diverse functions and allow wind to pass through structure on warm days.