'Farmscrapers' take eco-friendly architecture to dizzying heights in China

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A French architecture firm has unveiled their new ambitious 'farmscraper' project - six towering structures which promise to change the way that we think about green living.

Click here to view the plans for Asian Cairns

Vincent Callebaut Architects’ innovative Asian Cairns was planned specifically for Chinese city Shenzhen in response to the growing population, increasing CO2 emissions and urban development.

The structures will consist of a series of pebble-shaped levels - each connected by a central spinal column - which will contain residential areas, offices, and leisure spaces.

Sustainability is key to the innovative project – wind turbines will cover the roof of each tower, water recycling systems will be in place to recycle waste water, and solar panels will be installed on the buildings, providing renewable energy. The structures will also have gardens on the exterior, further adding to the project's green credentials.

Vincent Callebaut, the Belgian architect behind the firm, is well-known for his ambitious, eco-friendly projects, winning many awards over the years.

His self-sufficient amphibious city Lilypad – 'a floating ecopolis for climate refugees' - is perhaps his most famous design. The model has been proposed as a long-term solution to rising water levels, and successfully meets the four challenges of climate, biodiversity, water, and health, that the OECD laid out in 2008.

Vincent Callebaut Architects said: "It is a prototype to build a green, dense, smart city connected by technology and eco-designed from biotechnologies."