Hanging Gardens of Babylon Reimagined With a Modern Twist for Apartment Building
One the Seven Wonders of the World just got an update. Instead of an elevated, exotic garden palace built by a Babylonian King, it’s a 500-unit student housing complex proposed by British architects.
The ancient landmark inspired a residential development proposed for the growing student population in Birmingham, England by Architects of Innovation, according to Dezeen.
Garden Hill, as the firm’s dubbed the project, is made up of two geometric pyramids with hanging gardens on each of the 25 stories. The building’s tiered design creates a mix of shared and private balconies that double as rooftop gardens for each level.
Architects of Innovation designed Garden Hill intentionally creates smaller private spaces in favor of larger shared communal living spaces. It’s a new model the firm calls “live/work/play,” it says on its website.
The communal spaces are comprised of recording studios and rental spaces for startup companies. The building also incorporates a ground floor unit for retail.