architect alberto roncelli reveals ‘regenera’, a skyscraper that aims to recover ecosystems and help with the regrowth of forests burnt by wildfires. located in the center of a burnt ecosystem, the project aims to spread nutrients and seeds through winds and to be a temporary shelter for birds and small size animals. the skyscraper will accompany its ecosystem during all the phases, from the burnt forest until the total recovery.

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all images courtesy of alberto roncelli
regenera dissolves itself through wind action and time



it is through the erosion of its own structure and consequently through its dissolution that ‘regenera’ by alberto roncelli can transform and spread itself into the ecosystem. during the initials phases, a laboratory on the lower level is dedicated to experiment, monitor, and research the ongoing process and the ecosystem progresses. in the following phases, the scientists abandon the skyscraper allowing the re-population of small and medium-size animals and plants. while the forest regrows, ‘regenera’ dissolves.

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‘regenera’ is scraped by the sky



the new paradigm suggested by ‘regenera’ is the possibility to carefully program and diversify each part of the structure, defining a life cycle determined by erosion and constant transformation. the act of choosing materials is evolved in the act of mixing substances needed by the forest, dealing with the paradox of structure and precariousness. ‘regenera’ is a vision that needs chemists, phyrogeographers, meteorologists, engineers, and biologists, all involved to understand the necessities of each dead ecosystem. in the end, the skyscraper tries to be a manifesto for a new possible way of relating architecture and nature, structure and ecosystem, time and erosion, skyscrapers and forests.

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wind reaction concept





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sizes, locations, context relation, and materials


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the inhabitable part of ‘regenera’ is carved into its structure and helps to reattract the local fauna (birds and small animals) during the first phase




project info:


name: ‘regenera’ dissolving skyscraper

designer: alberto roncelli


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edited by: yasmina karam | designboom