Zumo, an architecture firm, recently shared images on Instagram of inflatable skyscrapers that they claim are sustainable. These balloon-like structures are currently just a concept but could become a reality.
“Imagine towering skyscrapers that rise like colossal balloons, transforming city skylines with their awe-inspiring presence. Introducing the revolutionary concept of inflatable skyscrapers, where architectural marvels and sustainable innovation come together,” reads the caption for the images.
The illustrations show skyscrapers floating above cities like New York, Tokyo, London and Dubai. They appear to be made of lightweight and flexible materials and are said to be sustainable.
However, Zumo has not provided details on how these structures would be sustainable. They could potentially be easily dismantled and reused in another location. These inflatable skyscrapers represent a future where buildings can rise high without leaving a damaging carbon footprint.
The Shanghai Tower is an example of an energy-efficient building that Zumo could draw inspiration from. It is the second tallest building in the world and has the highest energy rating – LEED Platinum.
The tower uses advanced technology to reduce its environmental impact and relies heavily on clean, renewable energy. Its unique shape and design allow it to effectively resist wind load, which saved 20,000 metric tons of steel reinforcement during its construction.
It remains to be seen if these new inflatable structures will follow in the Shanghai Tower’s footsteps and use green energy and innovative construction methods to reduce emissions.
For now, these towers remain just a dream: a few carefully crafted images that offer hope of an improved skyline. In the future, however, they may be so much more.