French Architect Firm Designs a Sustainable Vertical City to Be Installed in the Sahara Desert


Amy Pollock, REUTERS

(Reuters) — The arid expanses of the Sahara desert could be transformed within a decade, according to French architecture company OXO.

The Parisian firm has proposed building a futuristic mixed-use tower in the world’s biggest desert. The tower’s design is based on renewable resources like rainwater collection, solar power and geothermal energy to make it an entire sustainable city in one building.

French-Moroccan architect Manal Rachdi is behind the 450 meter tower design, which would have a floor area of 780,000 square meters (approximately 840000 square feet).

The design is conceptual and has not yet been commissioned. Rachdi said his motive was to think about new ways of urbanizing ‘hostile’ environments such as the Sahara.




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