Vincent Callebaut, Paris-based architect, has an ambitious vision: “to give hope for a better tomorrow,” by creating an energy-saving, carbon-absorbing civilization to fight global warming. One of the eco-concepts developed by him is a twisted carbon-eating tower that will absorb tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year.
In Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, will be completed in September 2017 Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, meaning “The Retreat of Tao Zhu”, a 21-story residential complex covered in 23,000 trees and shrubs. The building’s appearance is inspired by a strand of DNA – a double helix twisting 90-degrees from base to top. If all goes to plan, the plants that cover the tower will absorb annually 130 tons of CO2 emissions, comparable to the amount produced by around 27 cars.
Although the amount of CO2 absorbed by this tower is very small compared to the total produced by Taiwan – more than 250 million tons of CO2 in 2014, according to the International Energy Agency- Callebaut insists it’s “a big leap [against] global warming.”
“The tower presents a pioneer concept of sustainable residential eco-construction that aims at limiting the ecological footprint of its inhabitants,” Callebaut told CNN.
The complex is built to reduce residents’ energy consumption, having more natural lighting and ventilation, but also rainwater recycling and rooftop solar panels.
“The project is a perfect fusion of Western and Oriental technology and culture. The tower is directly inspired by the double-helix structure of DNA, the source of life and the symbol of harmony, and reflects upon the idea of ultimate balance”, Vincent Callebaut said.
“In 2050, we will be 9 billion human beings on our blue planet, and 80% of the world population will live in megacities. It’s time to take action against climate change, to invent new eco-responsible lifestyles and to incorporate nature into our cities. It’s not a trend. It’s a necessity!” he added.
Vincent Callebaut has also been behind some other notable eco-concepts, from a floating garden designed to clean European rivers, to underwater skyscrapers created from ocean garbage. The architect also has planned a 132-story urban farm for New York City, and an ambitious project to transform Paris, by 2050, into a green smart city.