Popular Architecture has developed the Super Tower in response to population growth and the spread of cities.
Based on the estimation that London will need to provide housing for 100,000 new people each year up until 2016, this building houses 100,000 in one hit and with the city being the only framework capable of handling burgeoning populations such responses are vital.
At 1500 metres high (the average level of cloud cover), the tower would create a new and completely different scale to the existing city forming a separate layer superimposed above London’s ancient and idiosyncratic street plan without the need for dramatic alteration of London’s existing fabric. Thus the gardens, parks and open spaces of London are preserved but its insatiable appetite (and absolute hunger) for development is satisfied
Proposed to be constructed in stages of 20 stories that are inhabited as they are built. The final height of 1500 storeys has circular cuts in its length that allow for outdoor and gathering spaces for inhabitants
The tower is broken up into a hierarchy of municipal areas. The smallest; the neighbourhood occupies a single floor – approximately 600 people, the next; the village covers 20 floors and approximately 6000 people. The tower is finally divided into three super-districts; upper, mid and lower of 33,000 people each.
The tower seeks to reduce movement across the city by condensing facilities – living, working and entertainment within a single location . Its position near to existing transport infrastructure would allow goods to be delivered more easily and the proximity of public transport links would reduce the need for car travel between work and home
Water and household waste would be recycled within the tower to reduce the energy required to replace it with fresh water from the ground. Fresh water could be harvested and filtered from the clouds that would envelop the top of the tower on overcast days.
Whether such creations will be built, particularly during times of an economic downturn, is uncertain but the need is certainly very current.