Mock firm 'ANDO | Andalucia Office' explores the concept of "mutant vertical cities" in Beijing with its NODO project. With this prototypical tower, the students studied the possibility of locating ‘mini-cities’ within massive prefabricated skyscrapers.
The design contains a singular prefabricated unit, repeated for 550 meters (1,804 feet), resulting in 150 floors containing infrastructure, housing, offices and commercial and public spaces.
"Some elements of the building, such as the vertical communication and facilities core, would be permanent but others would be mobile and could be located where necessary," Architecture Source reports. "Prefab modules for each of these elements would center around an interior hollow reinforced concrete core."
China Broad Group is also exploring the idea of prefabricating skyscrapers in Asia, and plan to employ their systems in the world's future tallest building, 838 meters (2,749 feet) tall SkyCity. Find CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood's report of his visit to the China Broad Group campus here.