The megatall Wuhan Greenland Center, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, is under construction in Wuhan, China. The 120-story, mixed use tower aims to become a new icon for Wuhan as the third tallest building in the world and one of the most energy-efficient towers ever built! The building is expected to be completed in 2017, and once it is, it will be the tallest building in China.
The tower will have a tapered, soft form and an amazing domed top meant to help reduce wind loads. This will be aided by the building’s regularly placed facade apertures, which will also house window-washing systems and air intake and exhaust systems on mechanical floors. The introduction of vents at the tips of the three legs of the tower is one of the most innovative design strategies used in the design of the building and will help make it extremely aerodynamic.
A variety of sustainable features were incorporated into Wuhan Greenland Center. These are expected to make the tower one of the most energy-efficient supertall buildings in the world. It will save 51% of energy compared to typical office buildings, and include a greywater recovery system, an evaporative cooling system and energy-efficient lighting.
“This architecture represents the combination of formal relationships (the art) of performance and technical aspects (the science) of performance which we like to refer to as Form Follows Performance. The inlets and dome reduce wind loads and consequently allow the structure to be more efficient and overall, the sustainable systems range from cutting-edge technologies to fairly low-tech solutions,” said AS+GG Partner Gordon Gill.
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Rendering by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture