The structure of the skyscraper unfolds almost instantaneously thanks to a large load-bearing helium balloon placed within, which protects it from external forces. The design recently won the annual Evolo competition and beat rival efforts from 525 other interesting architectural concepts, including honourable mentions for an Urban Lung that sequesters carbon in the air and a tower that uses the power of a waterfall to generate energy.
An origami inspired skyscraper that folds up like an accordion to be transported to disaster zones across the globe has picked up first prize in a prestigious design competition. Skyshelter.zip is the work of designers Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk from Poland.
Skyshelter.zip's footprint is on average over 30 times smaller than area required to host typically used tents or containers used in such situations. Lightweight 3D printed slabs are attached directly to the balloon at the skyscraper's centre, which are pulled upwards by the inflatable's load bearing forces.
Depending on amount of gas poured into the balloon, the number of floors and therefore rooms that are unfolded can be controlled.
According to dailymail