IMPOSSIBLE BUILDS - The Scorpion Tower
Learn about the creation of some of the world’s most ambitious and technologically advanced buildings. From subaquatic homes to futuristic towers and pencil thin skyscrapers, see how these previously impossible structures are taking shape.
In the heart of downtown Miami, a skyscraper like no other is rising. The curvaceous design is radical and the method of construction nothing short of revolutionary. The Scorpion Tower is the brainchild of superstar architect Dame Zaha Hadid, and it’s a 62-story luxury residence with a difference. Unlike most other skyscrapers, the Scorpion Tower features an insect-like external skeleton where the supporting columns are on the outside of the building.
The curvaceous design is so radical, construction experts have turned to a building material never before used in skyscraper construction. It’s called glass fiber reinforced concrete, and the Scorpion Tower’s fluid columns will be formed from close to 5,000 individual panels. Each one will be precision made 8,000 miles away in Dubai and shipped to Miami for installation. If the untested method works, it could revolutionize the skyscraper industry and be a catalyst for super curvy buildings where straight lines are a thing of the past.
To support the 700-foot-tall tower, the construction team will have to mastermind one of the deepest foundation systems of its kind in Miami’s history. As the building work begins, the entire workforce is rocked by the sudden death of Zaha Hadid. Determined to complete the Scorpion Tower as a legacy to one of the most extraordinary architects in a generation, the team must now rewrite the rulebook as they take the pioneering building material to new heights.