What a ‘Pit’

February 8, 2011 | 8:05 AM | Home & Design | By Ivy Adenauer

So what do you do with an open pit copper mine once you’ve scrapped out all the precious metals? Well, if you’re the town of Bisbee, AZ you could build this wild underground skyscraper.

Designed by architect, Matthew Fromboluti of Washington University in St. Louis, this proposed project named “Above Below” would “heal” the 900-foot-deep, 300-acre-wide scar left behind when Bisbee’s Lavender Pit Mine closed in 1975, after miners removed more than one billion tons of copper. Accodrding to the Evovlo design blog,

“The building is completely self-sustaining, with its own power source, water recycling system, and mechanisms such as a solar chimney to control the artificial climate. Enclosed with a dome roof, the building is completely contained underground, with only strategically-placed skylights for climate control providing access to the world above ground.”

Sounds awesome. So awesome that we’ll eat our collective hats if it ever gets off the ground.



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