Singapore’s Ecological EDITT Tower

by , 10/15/08

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Currently pending construction in Singapore, the EDITT Tower will be a paragon of “Ecological Design In The Tropics”. Designed by TR Hamzah & Yeang and sponsored by the National University of Singapore, the 26-story high-rise will boast photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation, and a biogas generation plant all wrapped within an insulating living wall that covers half of its surface area. The verdant skyscraper was designed to increase its location’s bio-diversity and rehabilitate the local ecosystem in Singapore’s ‘zeroculture’ metropolis.

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Approximately half of the surface area of the EDITT Tower will be wrapped in organic local vegetation, and passive architecture will allow for natural ventilation. Publicly accessible ramps will connect upper floors to the street level lined in shops, restaurants and plant life. The building has also been designed for future adaptability, with many walls and floors that can be moved or removed. In a city known for its downpours, the building will collect rainwater and integrate a grey-water system for both plant irrigation and toilet flushing with an estimated 55% self-sufficiency.

855 square meters of photovoltaic panels will provide for 39.7% of the building’s energy needs, and plans also include the ability to convert sewage into biogas and fertilizer. The tower will be constructed using many recycled and recyclable materials, and a centralized recycling system will be accessible from each floor.

+ T.R.Hamzah & Yeang

+ The National University of Singapore

Updated on 10/21/08: The EDITT tower is currently pending construction, and is not yet slated to be built. Thanks Lloyd Alter of Treehugger.

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  1. smita paul September 14, 2010 at 3:52 am

    the idea of the project is very very inspiring

  2. kyleschen March 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    wow! very cool… same story as the sail building for me, going to contact my friends and see if i can get a room for a bit!

  3. cplx November 12, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I like your site.
    Thanks lot.

  4. machkingbird October 18, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Ken Yeang is the future. This is what urban areas will have to become. Increase biomass, increase air-quality, decrease temperature/heat island effect. This guy is the real deal…

  5. link October 18, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Looks like something someone built with their feet instead of their hands. More copycats from the west and less originality. What else can we come to expect from Asia?

  6. Pete P October 17, 2008 at 11:55 am

    A very good-looking building – reminiscent of a tropical canapy too. This is way more attractive than most of the high-rise buildings that come across this post. It would be amazing to see the details and inerior elevations of this project. I think it would reveal even more beauty and practicality — and I believe the users of the spaces will experience a high level of enjoyment. This is progress.

  7. maexchen October 16, 2008 at 6:03 am

    amazing building..-moreee

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