A Skyscraper That Grows Like A Tree
The function of the aerial roots of Ficus spp. other than to provide nutrients is to structurally support the branches of the tree. Consequently the roots have a tendency to grow downwards vertically, which makes their morphologies suitable as a structural system for high rise construction.
This has been tested with A Skyscraper That Grows Like A Tree. The proposal utilises a growth simulation to form the exoskeletal structure of the tower that defines the extent of the building skin and floor plates. The conglomeration of the roots result in a multi-layered façade structure which, based on its location and orientation, is used to form single and double skin systems, separate rooms within the façade structure, and multi height atriums to control the climatic performance of the building.