Gallery: Aquarius Tower: Greenest Skyscraper on the Atlanta Skyline

 

Just when you thought green towers couldn’t get any greener (or more towering), there’s a new kid on the block. The Aquarius Tower, a 500-foot tall condominium to be built in Atlanta, is the latest to join the burgeoning ranks of iconic green hi-rises. The building is designed around the four elements of life: sun (solar panels), water (reclamation systems), air (wind turbines) and earth (a minimal footprint).

The energy demands of the tower would be met by the sun and wind energy, using cutting edge technology. To harness the wind energy a five floor wind tunnel, which would house 60 turbines, has been planned. The top of the building, which appears like a billowing sail, would be fitted with solar panels to harvest the energy from the sun. The solar and wind power, combined, would meet half of the building’s power demands, while recycled building materials and thermally efficient products would be used throughout the construction. Plans are afoot to add more sustainable features.

The tower boasts of one of the most advanced space age underground automated parking systems of this century. The technology optimizes space utilization, which allows for more cars in less space. This helps get rid of congestion in parking places. The tower has provision for multiple movements executed simultaneously on various floors, allowing for maximum speed of retrieval. The parking system eliminates the risk of vehicle damage, theft, or the potential for personal injury. There would be no cars driving around the parking, a significant step towards reducing the pollution.

The tower also promises many more features and amenities like 24-hour concierge, valet parking, high-speed passenger and freight elevators, security cameras, swimming pool, spa, exercise room, event and club lounge, guest suites, etc. Each condo unit would also be equipped with modern day amenities.

The tower has been designed by Antonio Escandari, the founder of an architectural design firm Tuscany Corporation. Antonio Escandari has earlier designed the 57,000 square-foot Evander Holyfield Estate, one of America’s largest and most opulent homes.

+ Aquarius Tower

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7 Comments

  1. Anne June 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Hi..I am a final year b.arch student.n our design challenge is designin a skyscraper..my 1st thought is to hw to solve traffic issues,the parking.It would be nice to ve ur suggestions and design ideas.
    Thanks and regards,
    Annie

  2. AJ January 27, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I agree with Duncan- I wish there was a little more critical news reporting on the part of Inhabitat when talking about building projects. The writeup reads like its straight from the mouth of the developers, which says little about the reality of these projects. “…advanced space age underground automated parking” is a bit too much to digest.

  3. Jeff January 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Well, for those excite or disgusted about Aquarius I have some news. I spoke with the developer last night and it looks like it’s never going to happen. As pale of an attempt as it was at building large scale green in Atlanta, it was nonetheless an attempt. For Atlanta, that’s a big deal considering that most people look at you like you’re insane when you mention anything related to green building.

  4. brie January 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I agree with Nicole but to service the private mobile they should offer recharging car parking only to encourage electrical cars. Persons who can afford to live there probably can afford such a vehicle but encouraging mass transit would be ideal.

  5. Duncan January 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    What a bunch of green washing. The ‘most advanced space age underground automated parking systems’ should be a bus or train. How about solar panels to shade windows from heat gain? Why is Inhabitat passing on press releases promoting architects who create 57,000 square foot single family opulent homes?

  6. Nicole January 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    “The technology optimizes space utilization, which allows for more cars in less space.”

    If this were a truly green tower, it would have little to no parking in an effort to encourage its inhabitants to use alternative transportation. The idea of “more cars” sounds like a step backward . . .

  7. Danny January 25, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Awesome! Here are some more futuristic building designs: http://rapidshare.com/files/86530405/j360.rar :)

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