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First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines Opens in London!

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 20, 2010 @ 11:47 am In Architecture,Green Building | 5 Comments

strata, london, wind turbines, wind energy, residential tower, green design [1]

Designed by BFLS (formerly known as Hamiltons), the Strata [2] is a 43-story architectural wonder that already has a distinct and recognizable profile in the London skyline. Oriented to take advantage of the prevalent south-west winds, the tower has commanding views into the heart of downtown. With floor-to-ceiling windows, views from each apartment are said to be spectacular [3], and the architects did their best to incorporate daylighting [4] and natural ventilation with operable windows, even high up in the penthouse.

strata, london, wind turbines, wind energy, residential tower, green design [5]

The three wind turbines [6] integrated into the pinnacle of the tower provide 8% of the building’s energy needs, which is enough to provide for the building’s electrical and mechanical services, including three express elevators and automated window cleaning rigs. Construction of the top of the tower and integration of the wind turbines was said to be challenging, as every part of the turbines had to be hauled up via crane. The turbines are designed so that they will not be too noisy for the penthouse residents below.

In addition to running off renewable energy, 25% of the development was designed to be affordable housing [7] or for those who earn less than £60,000 a year. So floors 2-10 are affordable flats, while the remaining units are luxury condos all the way up to the penthouse. Markets and shopping areas are close at hand in the Elephant & Castle area, as new buildings and developments are slowly springing up. Two more residential towers are also slated for the area in the near future.

+ Strata [8]

Via Guardian [3]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/razored01.jpg

[2] Strata: http://www.stratalondon.com/about-strata-se1

[3] spectacular: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/jul/18/strata-tower-london-green-architecture

[4] daylighting: http://inhabitat.com../daylighting

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/first-skyscraper-with-built-in-wind-turbines-opens-in-london/strata-london-complete-9/

[6] three wind turbines: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/15/the-strata-worlds-first-skyscraper-with-built-in-wind-turbines/stratatower-ed01/

[7] affordable housing: http://inhabitat.com../tag/affordable-housing

[8] + Strata: http://www.stratalondon.com/

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