The first skyscraper was erected in 1885 in Chicago but after 45 years it was demolished to make way for another skyscraper. Chicago has been the home of some of the largest skyscrapers in the world since the late 19th century but as technology has advanced so has the rise of the skyscraper. It’s common to see that when one skyscraper falls another one takes it place. That isn’t always the case in nature though, especially when it comes to one of the oldest living things on Earth.
Giant Sequoias are the world’s largest single trees and among the oldest living things on Earth but have been diminishing due to deforestation, climate change, and fire suppression efforts that have allowed pests and competing vegetation to thrive. Giant Sequoias do not grow deep roots and when they start to rot, they fall to the ground with their enormous volume and height. Four concept designers in South Korea want to help preserve the natural wonders with a concept called Tribute: The Monument of Giant.
The Giant Sequoia Skyscraper project attempts to merge nature with architecture by replacing the rotted trunks with architectural structuring. This project would allow the tree to remain standing while providing a space for education, observation decks, labs, and exhibitions. Imagine the feeling of climbing to a height of over 300 feet and walking through centuries of history.
Learn more about the concept from eVolo here – Giant Sequoia Skyscraper