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Known as “Camping in the Sky,” this conceptual urban architecture project was recently launched by Milan-based FLT Office. The focus of the project is on common outdoor activities and the design utilizes an archetypal skyscraper that vertically allocates the spaces. This allows for the activity to be closer to home while allowing multi-seasonal accommodations to visiting guests.

The skyscraper uses a system that has been derived from the “gennaker sail” which is an asymmetrical system used on racing boats. The purpose of this type of sail is that the skin can be modified at any given time, thus allowing compensating for varying temperatures and weather patterns and, most critically for proper sailing, wind. The Camping in the Sky system also comprises an integrated photovoltaic system as well as an advanced rainwater collection mechanism that can repurpose water for irrigation requirements. One of the best aspects of the system is that a specially-constructed structure is not necessary. Instead, an existing abandoned building can be retrofitted with these modification and still achieve the same effects.

THE SKYSCRAPER                                                     The proposed skyscraper model boasts a rooftop that can host concerts and other events. On every level of the skyscraper is a forest to simulate the natural environments found during a camping trip. As an added benefit, the skyscraper can act as a greenhouse during the winter to protect guests and internal plants from the cold temperatures and other weather patterns. The boom on a sail is the inspiration for the adjustable skin on the skyscraper. The façade is the piece that contains the organic photovoltaic system which works in conjunction with the skin to maximize flexibility.

These preliminary plans presented by the Milan-based company hope to combat a growing issue in urban areas – lack of outdoor, nature-based activities. In addition to adding outdoor activity, the firm believes that this structure would also save visitors money on accommodations in the city core which are continuously increase as a result of space. In addition to saving visitors money, it allows them easily access attractions that are in close proximity of the camping skyscraper.

Co-founder, Matteo Piccini mentioned in an interview that the architectural community has provided an excellent response to this project. More people are asking about the details of this design and it is being spread around the world as much as possible. For this reason, the firm feels that they can turn this concept into a reality in many major cities across the globe.

The skyscraper has a spiraling effect with several floors full of lush greenery. During the winter, the skin is semi-translucent to protect guests from the harsh conditions. In the summer, the skin is fully-translucent so visitors can enjoy the sun and breathability of the air. The sail concept would be automated based on the outdoor conditions. Therefore, if there happens to be a random freezing cold day in May, then the sail can automatically adjust based on the temperature, humidity, dew point and other weather metrics. This will improve comfortability while still providing a camping option in the middle of Manhattan or any other urban core.

The co-founder of FLT Office, Alessio Brando Rava, noted that their team attempted to imagine in a new accommodation that allows visitors to experiment with new methods of enjoying vacations. The thought of finding campground in major cities on skyscrapers is innovative and revolutionary that will provide numerous benefits including the vertical development of natural spaces instead of large horizontal sections on the outskirts of these cities. This project provides the experience of being at a campsite while never leaving the city while enjoy incredible views at night of buildings and surrounding area.

The Camping in the Sky project is one of the most innovative architectural feats that has been proposed in recent years. Although there is endless red tape and multiple considerations that must be factored in to the project, the fact that it has been presented and well-received by the architectural and global community is a huge step in the right direction. With continued tweaking and selling of the project, eventually a developer will pick up this idea and make the dream become a reality while providing many benefits to the city and visitor alike.

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