Renderings: Koryo Tours
Behold! What North Korea’s cities of the future will look like, according to a young domestic architect.
The concepts include hovercraft hotels and a “flying house,” which is essentially an apartment inside a helicopter.
Fast Company explains why the plans look like something out of a 1960s Sci-Fi film:
In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, “architect” is a government job. There are no private projects, and young North Korean architects come out of school with only a faint understanding of the field as it exists outside their deeply isolated country.
The designs were commissioned by Nick Bonner, head of the of Beijing-based Koryo Tours. The question behind the series was, ‘if tourism were to explode, how could it be done sustainably?’ The answer:
Wind-powered tree hotels.
And “Mountain Conicals,” which pile living quarters high to reduce their footprint (the pipes connecting the buildings would house ski runs).
The “futuristic” renderings are on currently on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy. For much more on the project, check out the Fast Company article here.