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This insane skyscraper has a rice paddy growing on it

Forget the farm-to-table concept. China’s on to the next big thing: farm-to-skyscraper. Mexico City-based Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has proposed sci-fi, sky-high towers of the future in Hong Kong that come complete with rice paddies and fish farms as parts of the facade.

The self-contained mini-city, shortlisted for awards in the 2014 World Architecture Festival, is slightly reminiscent of the floating city, also in China, only a little more… vertical.

Leave it up to China to think weird.

​Meant to combine the big city and agriculture, as well as provide an entirely self-contained space (as in you never have to leave your house), the 92-floor structures will be mixed-use, featuring residential space on one side, and commercial, corporate, and retail space on the other. The two towers will be connected by bridges and tubes with public transportation, potentially making for one epically short, mid-air commute that even John McClane could be proud of.

​As can be safely assumed from a building that has farms on it, the concept towers will be eco-friendly, sustainable, and self-sufficient. They'll include solar panels, wind turbines, a rainwater collector, an algae façade (sounds gross!), on-site recycling center, and even a nuclear reactor in the underground parking garage.

Somehow, that last one seems out of place.
 
For now, these towers are purely conceptual. But who knows, the future is closer than you think -- we already have computer phones and know how to stuff turkeys with ducks and chickens.

Progress!

Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and has had frequent flyer status since she was born in a Lufthansa terminal. Follow her @Sohostyle.