Will Mexico City Be Home To The World's First 'Earthscraper'

By Meera Dolasia on October 16, 2011

We have all heard of skyscrapers - those towering structures that dominate city landscapes all over the world - But an Earthscraper? That's got to be a first. The incredible concept which entails building a 65-story structure underground, is the brainchild of Mexican firm BNKR Arquitectura, as an attempt to get around Mexico City's eight-floor building limit.

The design envisions a pyramid-shaped glass structure that will completely be built under the surface of the earth - So much so, that the city square it is situated on, will remain as is. The 65 floors will not only house offices and residences, but also, a museum and cultural center. The Earthscraper will receive natural light from a giant gap in the middle of the building, as well as, a glass rooftop, which the architects believe will double up as a spectacular venue for exhibitions and concerts.

And, while the residents, office workers and visitors will not have an ocean view, they will  have a historical one - Literally! That's because the modern day Mexico City is built upon layers of ancient civilizations, dating all the way back to the 13th century, when the Aztec tribe inhabited the area. They began by building small pyramids around the lake - As their influence and power grew, so did their structures, which were built directly above the smaller ones.

When the Spaniards arrived in 1521, they put their mark by building churches above the pyramids adding yet another layer of history. Modern day dwellers have now added an additional layer to this historical sandwich. Because the Earthscraper will dig 300 meters or about 1,000 feet below the ground, the inhabitants will be be privy to some really cool ancient history, right from the comfort of their own homes and offices.

If all this sounds too good to be true, it is - At least for now, since this is just a concept the architects have come up with. But if it ever gets built, it sure will rank as one of the coolest buildings in the world - Wonder what the postal address would read. . . . . . hmmm!

Resources: crave.cnet.co, gizmag.com

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  • RachelTuesday, October 18, 2011 at 11:43 am
    The picuture looks like the coolest buliding ever
    • HunterTuesday, October 18, 2011 at 9:44 am
      I feel that the world's first earthscraper is a very unique idea because the more we dig down, the more history we are digging into.
      • bobtheburgerguy
        bobtheburgerguyTuesday, October 18, 2011 at 9:27 am
        Summer, you better come fast cause ima going there!
        • ugfigyfiytTuesday, October 18, 2011 at 6:37 am
          cool
          • ClaireTuesday, October 18, 2011 at 5:24 am
            LOL!!! i know where i'm going for spring break!!!
            • marcuzco
              marcuzcoMonday, October 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm
              that is so cool if only i owned the place
              • dogcat11
                dogcat11Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm
                so cool! just think in the future there may be "earth scrapers" every where!:-)
                • dogcat11
                  dogcat11Monday, October 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm
                  that...is...AWESOME!!!
                  • hi1499Monday, October 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm
                    SOOOOOOO AWSOME! this is so EPIC if they acctually do build this "earth-scraper" then they should put it on the news if the do build it mexico will be SOOOOOOOOOOOOO famous/popular
                    • RyanMonday, October 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm
                      Cool I've never heard of anything like it! It will be more stable than a skyscraper, cooler and the first ever!

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