Earlier this week the Ulaanbaatar municipal government announced that it would be pursuing a unique vertical development plan for the new capital city of Mongolia. Modeled after famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Illinois Tower”, the city will be comprised of four towers, each reaching a height of 1,609 meters, or one vertical mile. Connected by a series of walkways, the buildings will be completely self-sufficient. As described by Mr. Batbold, the Assistant to the Deputy Director of Innovative Planning, Urban Design and Winter Tourism of the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar, “The buildings will contain pastureland, rooftop gardens, distilleries and karaoke bars – essentially everything we need to survive. The idea is that residents will never have to leave the buildings during the harsh winters of Mongolia.”
“The buildings will contain pastureland, rooftop gardens, distilleries and karaoke bars – essentially everything we need to survive.”
The city will have other innovative characteristics as well, namely its zero emission policy. As Batbold further explains, “We hope the city can be used as a shining example of environmental consciousness around the world. We will use windmills and solar panels to generate power, and will eliminate the need for any public transportation. Other than the car stipends and emergency coal powered generators granted to high-level government officials, there will be no need for the use of any fossil fuels.”
The city plans to site the development in Numrug, in Dornod Aimag. Given its strategic position close to Pyongyang, and the lack of previous development due to its designation as a strictly protected area, government officials view this as the ideal location for the new city.
“We hope the city can be used as a shining example of environmental consciousness around the world.”
In addition to housing government officials, the city plans to accommodate up to 1 million residents in three of the four towers. City planners have drawn up plans for three levels of housing. The first, known as “Ger Quarters”, will occupy the bottom third of the towers, and will share space with the abovementioned pastureland. It will offer multifamily, open floor plans with no access to running water, electricity, or heat. The next level, termed “Happy Valley II”, will occupy the middle floors, and will consist of single-family units. Unlike the “Ger Quarters”, these units will come equipped with public utilities, all of which will be subsidized by “Ger Quarters” residents.
The last level, occupying the top third of the towers and termed the “Mile High Club” by city planners, will be reserved exclusively for government officials and wealthy businessmen. Designed by chief Olympic Architect Mr. Regenukht, these luxury units will use inspiration from the famed “Tower of Doom” (more on this project can be found here: http://mad-intelligence.com/tower-of-doom/), and will be outfitted with gold plated toilets and “Louis the 24th” style furniture. All public utilities will come included for free with the apartments.
The fourth tower will be reserved for office and retail space.
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