In what is surely the most resolutely optimistic architectural proposal of the year so far, French firm OXO Architectes has put forth a plan to build a city in the Sahara desert. A vertical city. That looks like a rock.
The City Sand Tower is technically described as a mixed-use tower, but in its scope and ambition might be more accurately termed a space-age arcology.
Rising to a height of more than 1,400 feet, the tower would have a total floorspace of 192 acres and include residential housing, business offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, sports and recreation facilities and a museum.
Dubai To Build Domed City
The tower's exterior design, meanwhile, would incorporate angled facades with shading materials and sensors calibrated to make the most of the desert sun, collecting solar energy while cooling the interior.
As you can see from the image, the design is also intended to make the tower appear part of the desert environment - an enormous, impossible rock jutting out of the sand.