Forty years ago the Lavender Pit Mine was a productive copper mine. Today it is an empty hole, 900 feet deep and spanning 300 acres.
This project proposes nesting a skyscraper inside the mine which will use its structure to support a dome covering the hole. The dome will act as a gigantic green roof, reclaiming the lost space for nature. The area beneath takes advantage of the unique conditions created by the dome to become a climate-controlled area for human use. Through use of many simple, passive systems, the entire complex is a sustainable, underground oasis in the desert, with the area above reclaimed for nature, and the space below a unique opportunity for human use.
Publications: Maxim Magazine, Evolo.com, Les Debrouillards (can.), NewLook Mag. (fr.)
Entry for the Evolo Skyscraper Competition 2010: boards