Fountainhead

The Concept

The Fountainhead is a futuristic building designed to serve as a parking tower for autonomous cars and VTOL electric drones like the Ehang 216 and the Lilium jet. The Fountainhead would act as an urban airport for people commuting from their cottage during the weekend to their residence in the heart of the city.

Origin of the Idea

In September 2016, we published a residential tower concept that was engineered to receive drones on its balconies. This novel solution proved interesting, but it would result in increased noise near private residences. We wanted to create a newer concept that would allow for urban air traffic to be concentrated in a multi-story parking space for drones and autonomous cars.

The name of the concept, Fountainhead, was inspired by a book written in 1943 by Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead). The protagonist is a young architect who designs modernist buildings…

How it Works

The Fountainhead is a concept tower that would act as a multi-story car park for private flying vehicles and taxis. It could be designed for specific consumer needs and developed to have many new and interesting architectures to fit with the client’s structural vision.

Incorporated into the building would be an elevator system designed to bring the owners and their VTOL aircraft up to the take-off deck where they would easily be able to fly off. Another elevator connected to street level would allow autonomous cars to be parked in the multi-story building during flights. The drones and flying cars would be parked by autonomous conveyors able to move vehicles into small bays which allow for increased space utilization.

The Fountainhead would also contain elevators and stairs for passengers and a large lobby below the roof comprised of large panoramic windows offering a bird-eye view of the city. Units for coffee shops or restaurants could be incorporated along with public areas as well as a private waiting room while vehicles are retrieved.

It may also be possible to situate the Fountainhead near or on top of a transport hub allowing commuters to park their cars further outside the city and avail of affordable public transport. This would reduce travel times, traffic and stress for commuters.

Acknowledgements

The Fountainhead concept was imagined in March 2019 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Jorge Ciprian, an Industrial Designer from Argentina. Jorge graduated with a degree in design from the University of Buenos Aires, and he currently works as a freelance designer. Jorge also created the images of the Odron plant watering drone and the Panoramair aircraft concept.