With the world’s urban population growing at an unprecedented rate, high-rise buildings will feature prominently in future cities. The concept of the vertical city could be a solution to the challenge of high-density urbanisation.
More than 75 per cent of the world’s population is expected live in urban areas by 2050. New residential, commercial and office spaces within major cities will be needed to accommodate millions of people, leading cities to invest in innovative, integrated and sustainable solutions to cope with the rapid growth of urbanisation.
In recent years, urban planners and architects around the world have been developing ideas and creating different solutions to approach the challenge of high-density urbanisation, and the concept of the vertical city has become a very popular one.
The Mirador building in Madrid, Spain, designed by MVRDV and completed in 2005, is but one example of the many projects based on a vertical city concept. The building is a collection of mini neighbourhoods stacked vertically around a semi-public sky-plaza that acts as a counterpoint against the massive uniformity of the surrounding housing blocks.