The scalable building designs would be clad in glass and would include vertical farming, communal decks, rock-climbing facilities, residential space, retail, and other recreational areas.
While caves are known for low sunlight illumination which often thwarts vegetation growth, the Limestone Skyscraper would use multiple blocks to allow the sunlight to penetrate through in order to create a green living environment. Grey water would also be used to water the surface vegetation while waste water will be treated and discharged to nearby plants.
The idea of moulding the faceted glass structures into the landscape hopes to serve as a compliment to the monolithic beauty in its natural state and encourage a different use for the mining sites.
Proposed by Malaysian designers Jethro Koi Lik Wai and Quah Zheng Wei, Limestone Skyscrapers won an honourable mention in this year’s Evolo Skyscaper competition.