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March 12, 2009

Giant Eco-Egg Skyscraper: A Conceptual Luxury Hotel

by Haily Zaki

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From the unseen, unsung files of design competitions past comes the Envision Green Hotel designed by Richard Moreta Architecture (founded by a partner of GMZ-Design) with interiors by Miami-based MRA Design for Hospitality Design’s Radical Innovation design competition. Part wind tower, part urban eco-resort, and all egg, this “lobular” structure is touted as one of the most recognizable landmarks for the city in which it would ultimately be…laid. Inhabitat leaves it up to you to decide whether this is an egg-cellent idea or something not quite fully hatched.

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Operating like a living organism, the Envision literally breathes through its wind and atmospheric conversion systems, which allow natural air into the interior of the building without mechanical intervention. Photovoltaic exterior sheathing provides the building’s energy, while indoor gardens at various levels of the structure act as upward extensions of the earth, creating mini-microclimates that filter the air and act as added insulation. Recycled pools of water around the structure serve as catch basins, water reservoirs, fire barriers, and indispensable decorative aquatic features. Power from the wind turbine heats the boiler and creates steam for the chiller water plant beneath the structure to cool and heat the hotel.

Within the hotel, rooms would be designed on a 4 foot multiple to conform to standard-sized materials and reduce construction waste. A high-efficiency LED system would illuminate the interiors, and non-toxic, non-off-gassing finishes would be employed. Besides the typical water-efficient fixtures, this eco resort would use recovered rainwater for flushing and irrigation. The rooms would also include a mood pad control unit that would allow each guest to control the lighting and choose groovy digital images that would reflect behind glass walls and ceilings.

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To help this giant eco-egg blend even more subtly into the surrounding urban context, exterior LED curtain walls would change color throughout the night to indicate the progression of time, making the Envision glow in the night like a giant, moody Fabergé egg.

+ MRA Design

+ GMZ-Design

Images by 3Dog-Imaging

eco egg skyscraper, sustainable architecture, green building, michael rosenthal associates, green high-rise, envision green hotel, hospitality design radical innovation competition, alternative energy

eco egg skyscraper, sustainable architecture, green building, michael rosenthal associates, green high-rise, envision green hotel, hospitality design radical innovation competition, alternative energy

eco egg skyscraper, sustainable architecture, green building, michael rosenthal associates, green high-rise, envision green hotel, hospitality design radical innovation competition, alternative energy

eco egg skyscraper, sustainable architecture, green building, michael rosenthal associates, green high-rise, envision green hotel, hospitality design radical innovation competition, alternative energy

eco egg skyscraper, sustainable architecture, green building, michael rosenthal associates, green high-rise, envision green hotel, hospitality design radical innovation competition, alternative energy

7 Responses to “Giant Eco-Egg Skyscraper: A Conceptual Luxury Hotel”

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londonhal Says:

What an amazing concept!

crackgerbal

Great concept. Love all the features. But if they could eliminate the huge fans on the side of the building, the giant cap on top of the building, and do something to fix the spacey appearance of the base it would be really beautiful. As of now it looks like something out of a space age comic book rather than a professional structure.

all the concepts are great, but the look of the building is in my opinion, atrocious.

angie717
angie717 Says:

I also like the concept of this building and how it really brings nature indoors. The architecture is rediculous looking: at first glance I thought it was some sort of stereo speaker thing, but looking closer saw that it was a building. I think that instead of using three gigantic fans, maybe use a bunch of smaller ones (unless the size is necessary for the size building). I also think the main entrance seems a little claustrophobic and seems almost an after-thought. Keep the concept, re-think the architecture.

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Dekodex Says:

I hope not, but this realy looks like stolen koncept from Jan Kaplicky’s FUTURE SYSTEMS…and it looks horrible when you compare it to that building. Proportions are not nice from my point of wiev…Kaplicky did it much niceier!!!! http://www.future-systems.com/architecture/architecture_19.html

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cassyj Says:

Love the concept and the architecture. I really like all the energy saving ideas and uses. I guess this answers the age old question of “which came first, the hicken or the Egg” , it’s obviously the Egg in his case. I do think the entrance should be more open, rather than “Oops, how do we get in there?” Also, why does practically every hotel design have the bathroom right at the entrance to the room, you would never do that in a home, why do it in a hotel? There has to be another way to layout the plumbing and the room entry that doesn’t require having the bathroom be the first thing the guest sees.

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celularch Says:

I have to second Dekodex’s comment– first thing that came to mind! And I also agree that FS’ 1995 version is MUCH more interesting.

POST_DECONSTRUCTIVIST

Believe or not…I was in one of the lecture from the architect (Richard Moreta) explaining his inspiration from the great design and he said that he got inspired in this child unit microphone monitor:

http://www.babyproofingplus.com/usrimage/310a1058.jpg

The truth that is a amazing design due the smart way to incorporated wind turbines of that size into the building, optimizing the need to incorporated more small turbines due the increase of the cost of the use of the technology and gave stronger force to the character of the design.

I think is a great design and to me represent the “O” of Obama!!! We must consider more building of this type that represents the innovator spirit of America!!!

***I saw the Future system building and I think this is a diferent variation i trems of style…Has from Zaha Hadid, Frank Ghery, Norman Foster…Resume the mastering of many influence and that’s made “ORIGINAL” this design…In Architecture is really difficult to say when a building is original or not …Other wise since Mies Van de Rohe did his rectangular towers…Them we must to said that nothing is original until Frank Ghery break the paradigm of the square. This is really original and we need more buildings like this solving the energetic needs of our population and protecting the planet and not the visual appetite of artist…not architects!!!

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