The Bibliosphere--a sustainable structure featuring renewable energy sources, plus natural lighting and ventilation--was designed by Greeen! Architects to serve as the main attraction for the University of Duisburg-Essen. By the looks of it, I think they succeeded in their mission.
In addition to looking like a villain's den out of a sci-fi novel, the Bibliosphere will consume 50 percent less power than current German standards mandate, and will likely receive gold certification from the German Sustainable Building Council.
Mark my words: when this thing is finished, I will claw and scratch my way into a life of academia over at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where I will carefully lay out my plot to take over the world.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.