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Mexican 65-storey 'earth scraper' to plunge 300m below ground!

London , Thu, 13 Oct 2011 ANI

London, Oct 13 (ANI): A Mexican architect has found the cleverest alternative to get around tough building restrictions in Mexico City by building an inverted 65-storey skyscraper, which plunges 300 metres below ground.


The stunning upside down pyramid in the middle of Mexico City will have 10 storeys each for homes, shops and a museum, as well as 35 storeys for offices.


A glass floor covers the massive 240m x 240m hole in the city's main square to filter in natural light from the world above.


The design has been crowned with a Mexican flag.


Esteban Suarez, from architecture firm BNKR Arquitectura, said the building would also house a new cultural centre.


"New infrastructure, office, retail and living space are required in the city but no empty plots are available," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.


"Federal and local laws prohibit demolishing historic buildings and even if this was so, height regulations limit new structures to eight storeys.


"The city's historic centre is in desperate need of a makeover but we have nowhere to put it, this means the only way to go is down.


He added: 'The Earthscraper preserves the iconic presence of the city square and the existing hierarchy of the buildings that surround it.


'It is an inverted pyramid with a central void to allow all habitable spaces to enjoy natural lighting and ventilation.


'It will also allow the numerous activities that take place on the city square year round such as concerts, open-air exhibitions and military parades to go ahead.' (ANI)



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