Organic bamboo skyscraper planned for London which 'grows' when more floors are needed

Rishma Dosani
The new skyscraper 'grows' when new floors are needed. (Chartier-Corbasson/REX)

A new futuristic skyscraper has been designed in London - that 'grows' when new floors are needed.

Dubbed the 'Organic skyscraper', the building takes inspiration from bamboo scaffoldings used in Asia, meaning the structure of the building can be added to over time as more investors sign on for floor space.

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Each floor is made from an interlaced network of tube framing, with construction building materials being sourced from waste material produced by the offices, namely paper and plastics.

In-house recycling plants can process these materials to create items like insulated panels.

Chartier-Corbasson architects, who designed the unique skyscraper, have named Shoreditch High Street as a possible location, and are currently 'looking for investors'.

The Paris-based firm believe that in one year, a single office worker uses 80 plastic bottles and 75kg of paper, all of which can be recycled into one and two insulated panels respectively.

A spokesperson says: 'We have calculated that in one year, the occupants produce enough to supply a surface of facade like the one they occupy with panels made of paper or compressed plastic bottles.'

If the plans do go ahead, floors could potentially include enough room for office space, a conference centre, coffee shops, a fitness centre, restaurants and an observation deck.

With the huge investment needed to fund a normal skyscraper, Chartier-Corbasson believe 'growing' a building as money is injected is a more sensible option.

The building takes its inspiration from bamboo scaffoldings used in Asia (Chartier-Corbasson/REX)
The Organic Skyscraper is proposed for Shoreditch High Street (Chartier-Corbasson/REX)
What the designed structure could potentially look like (Chartier-Corbasson/REX)