This theoretical skyscraper, the winner of eVolo’s annual skyscraper design competition, would collect, purify, and store water in the Himalayas, helping to conserve and regulate it. It looks like a half pack of cigarettes in fancy holders, but it’s not even the weirdest-looking skyscraper, not by a long shot. Below are some of the strange shapes that might crop up in the skyline of our more sustainable future.
Runner-up “Mountain Band-Aid” could save over-mined mountains and displaced peoples simultaneously, by relocating China’s Hmong into a restored mountainside.
The “Plastic Fish Tower” would collect and recycle plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Bulbous “Coal Power Plant Mutation” would sit over a coal-fired power plant, collecting and filtering the exhaust before it has a chance to reach the atmosphere.
eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition Winners Revealed, Arch Daily.