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#1
Or earthscraper or whatever.

The folks over at Mexican architecture group BNKR Arquitectura call this thing an "earthscraper," and the reason why should be obvious: it's a monstrous, beautiful, 65-story inverted skyscraper that hides a mini city underground.

Designed to be built smack-dab in the center of Mexico City, BNKR's Earthscraper wouldn't ruin the skyline there (though, really, who would object to something that looks like this?) and is designed in such a way that it would incorporate Mexico's history in its design. The top ten floors — which, here, would be the "bottom" ten — is a museum and cultural center dedicated to the Aztecs. Below that you've got retail space, then apartments and finally, deep underground, businesses. Because, you know, that's where business do their best work. It all terminates some 300 meters below the surface.


http://dvice.com/archives/2011/09/earthscraper-co.php

Interesting thing and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of these things get built. It's been thought of before but I don't think anyone has actually built a larger building like it. Doubt I'd like to live in one, though, I like the sunshine and not imminent death.
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#4
Mexico City is built in the caldera of one of the worlds largest volcanoes. This should be interesting.
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First thing I thought of, too.


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#7
Next thing you know they'll be building an underground railroad into the USA.
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#8
As long as they don't awaken Cthulu or some kind of Cloverfield monster, they can do whatever they like.
#10
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Seems like a pretty expensive project......


My thoughts too. Has got to be a lot more expensive than just building the damn thing above ground. What's the point?
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#11
Interesting concept... A terrorist only needs a hose and a source of carbon dioxide... I kinda like this idea...
#14
Fallout 3 ftw!
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#15
So they're building an underground skyscraper in a city already prone to earthquakes and tremors?

Cool shit Mexico
#17
How the hell will that make that in the centre of Mexico City without excavating half the place?
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#19
Oh no, it's Game of Death 2 all over again.


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#20
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So they're building an underground skyscraper in a city already prone to earthquakes and tremors?

Cool shit Mexico

I don't know how much will be absorbed by the actual building, but people inside the earthscraper will probably feel any tremors or earthquakes, which is enough to make people nervous like hell.
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How the hell will that make that in the centre of Mexico City without excavating half the place?

Good question. They'll likely find some material, but it's probably not much since (I'm assuming) it already has been excavated when they built the town square there. Maybe they'll find paleontological stuff instead, mexico has a lot of dinosaurs.
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#22
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I like how hypocrites get it worse than murderers.
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#23
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I like how hypocrites get it worse than murderers.

Shit even flatterers get it tougher than murderers. That's playing hard ball.
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#24
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Shit even flatterers get it tougher than murderers. That's playing hard ball.

Huh. Murderers have it pretty easy. WORTH IT.
#26
Am I the only one who thought of Evangelion and its underground skyscrapers?

I wonder who was the first person to come up with the idea for an Earthscraper, or atleast the first person to put it into fiction.
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Next thing you know they'll be building an underground railroad into the USA.


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#29
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This is fantastic. It will be open in the middle too. Sounds like it'll be super cool.

The view sucks though.
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#30
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In Mexico? In the poorest country next to the US? They should redistribute that money to the poor, put it to better use, evil corporate billionaires.

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#31
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The view sucks though.


You kidding me?




pretty badass.
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#32
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The view sucks though.

Actually, it wouldn't be. Those who would normally have a view of the outside would have a view of the inside instead, seeing the inner courtyard sort of thing. Most of the others wouldn't see anything other than what they'd see anyway.
#33
The view really reminded me of the citadel from Mass Effect if you look at the pics in the link

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#34
You guys are all joking about earthquakes now but, when the nuclear war of 2015 happens I'll emerge from the earthscraper and claim the world for myself!!!
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#35
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You guys are all joking about earthquakes now but, when the nuclear war of 2015 happens I'll emerge from the earthscraper and claim the world for myself!!!

Yes...


...a world with nothing but Mexicans.
#36


I can't really think of any advantage of building underground... but only really difficult construction challenges.
#37
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Actually, it wouldn't be. Those who would normally have a view of the outside would have a view of the inside instead, seeing the inner courtyard sort of thing. Most of the others wouldn't see anything other than what they'd see anyway.

Cannot defy logic.
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#40
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Yes...


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