The lower 85 meters of the tower provide space for a museum and offices, while the upper portion of the tower houses vertical axis wind turbines and a facade covered in photovoltaic powers for renewable energy generation. Geothermal heat pumps help reduce the energy needed to heat and cool the facility, while the small building footprint encourages cross ventilation and the tower’s height creates a stack chimney effect. Fiber optic cables bring natural light into the museum, and the photovoltaics produce energy for an electromagnetic field that provides heating for the floating observatories.
Although the proposed tower does feature an impressive array of green building strategies, a small building footprint, and lots of green open space, we are very curious to see if this becomes the final design. Now that DSBA won the competition they have the chance to design the final tower, which could start construction as early as 2012.
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