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The futuristic BioScrapers designed by Walter R. Hughes generates its own energy thanks to the algae in the double glazing panels on its facade.

Planning to take the sustainability goals in architecture one step further, BioScrapers combine glass facade design with biotechnology for zero energy consumption. While the microscopic algae in the glass panels on the facade freely float in the water, the building produces the energy it needs. The algae that make photosynthesis in the daylight and contribute to the production of oxygen and heat, on the other hand the special panel design of the facade provides thermal insulation and electricity generation.

Functioning as vertical villages, three mixed-use glass towers are added to the existing skyline integrating with Chicago's green belt on the riverbank. The pedestrian-friendly retail and marina functions at the ground level join the dynamics of the downtown, while hotel, office and residential units on the upper floors connect by vertical farms. Combining both innovative and traditional methods the BioScrapers project has obtained Evolo magazine’s Editor's Choice award in the 2020 Skyscraper Competition.

Images: © Walter R. Hughes