The U.K., and most famously, London, is well known for being the home of some of the most interesting old world architecture on the planet. But one of London's modern architectural icons, the BT Tower, always stands out as a bit of inadvertent sci-fi design, second only to the curved blue bullet known as the Gherkin. Now one local design student has come up with a way of repurposing the aging BT Tower into an ecological support system.
Royal College of Art graduate Chang-Yeob Lee recently came up with a concept called "Synth[e]tech[e]cology," a reimagining of the BT Tower that would turn the already futuristic-looking building into a lattice-covered pollution-harvesting high rise. The outside of the building would serve as what Lee calls an eco-catalytic converter that would harvest carbon from car pollution and use it to create bio-fuel.
And while the concept is truly fascinating, most of Lee's details regarding the technical and scientific underpinnings of such a project appear to rely on broad references to research done by others. Given that approach, the notion that his Synth[e]tech[e]cology project might one day be practical or even possible on a city planning level is sketchy, at best. So, for now, the idea primarily stands as a fascinating design work that, if executed as envisioned, would truly catapult London into the realms of real life as science fiction.
Presented (without sound) in the video below are Lee's diagrams and concept drawings representing what the final re-fitting of the BT Tower would look like.