October 13, 2011
Architects have designed an incredible 65-storey ‘earth-scraper’ which plunges 300 metres below ground. The stunning upside down pyramid in the middle of Mexico City is designed to get around height limits on new buildings in the capital. The subterranean building will have 10 storeys each for homes, shops and a museum, as well as 35 storeys for offices.
He said: ‘New infrastructure, office, retail and living space are required in the city but no empty plots are available.
‘Federal and local laws prohibit demolishing historic buildings and even if this was so, height regulations limit new structures to eight storeys. ‘The city’s historic centre is in desperate need of a makeover but we have nowhere to put it, this means the only way to go is down.’
He added: ‘The Earthscraper preserves the iconic presence of the city square and the existing hierarchy of the buildings that surround it.
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