In the search for iconic forms, architects often land upon strange solutions. And recently, for some reason, it's been volcanoes. In addition to sharing a common shape, all of them are boasting green bonafides.
Most recently, Njiric+ Arhitekti, a Croatian firm, won a competition to design a sports stadium with a proposal dubbed the Blue Volcano. The building would be covered in recycled rubber, and aluminum painted blue. Lofted above, instead of a cloud of smoldering ash, there's be a canopy of solar panels:
But the volcano thing isn't pure fantasy: Renzo Piano, who recently completed the ultra-green California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, is in the midst of building a huge mixed-use shopping center in Italy. Sitting in the shadow of Pompei, the so-called Volcano Buono will have a green roof covered in 2,500 plants. Inside the middle clearing, there will be what's essentially a Greek agora--a marketplace, theater, and a small pine forest. The interior will house shops, restaurants, and a hotel:
All of this strikes me as almost pagan in spirit. We've got an impending climate crisis. If you were a pagan, you'd probably build a massive eco-friendly volcano to keep the earth's vengeance at bay. You know, like wearing the teeth of your enemies on a necklace.