The Mexican firm BNKR Arquitectura has found the solution to increase the space for housing in cities without affecting the urban landscape : an inverted pyramid 300 meters deep called earthscraper , which could be translated into Spanish as “rascasuelos” . “It is the antagonist of the skyscrapers”, they assure from BNKR, and they add that this type of constructions would allow to conserve the squares of the cities and the historical buildings at the same time that it provides new spaces for houses and offices. So that lighting is not a problem, the building would be covered by a transparent glass roof, which would allow light to enter a “central courtyard”, with gardens and trees, where the windows of the premises and houses would appear.
The architects have proposed to place the first floor scraper, with 65 floors and space for thousands of people, under the Zócalo of the Federal District of Mexico, one of the largest squares in the world. The first ten floors will be used as a museum and cultural center dedicated to the Mayan and Aztec cultures.