Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SOM, Beijing Greenland Center, glass tower, mixed-use tower, Beijing, curtain walls, mixed-use tower, green architecture, heat pump, evaporative cooling

The 260-meter tower is enveloped in curtain walls made of glass panels arranged in a prism-like manner. The high-performance skin captures and refracts daylight, creating an interesting interplay of light and shadow. The isosceles trapezoidal modules taper down and up in an alternating pattern on all sides of the building.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SOM, Beijing Greenland Center, glass tower, mixed-use tower, Beijing, curtain walls, mixed-use tower, green architecture, heat pump, evaporative cooling

Related: SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

The thermally efficient skin is only one among the building’s many sustainable features. Variable speed pumps were incorporated to optimize heating and cooling, while a water-side economizer helps utilize evaporative cooling.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SOM, Beijing Greenland Center, glass tower, mixed-use tower, Beijing, curtain walls, mixed-use tower, green architecture, heat pump, evaporative cooling

Related: SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

“Addressing a need for environmentally responsible, mixed-use urban development, Beijing Greenland Center is a highly visible example of how visually striking design can also be highly flexible and sustainable,” said the architects.

+ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Via Dezeen