Gallery: Futuristic Solar Skyscraper Wins the Taiwan Tower Competition

This ultra-futuristic solar skyscraper by Romanian firm Dorin Stefan Birou Arhitectura was recently crowned the winner of the Taiwan Tower Competition. The 390-meter tower is designed to serve as an observation deck, office tower, museum, and urban park. The out-of-this-world skyscraper seems almost too far-fetched to be real -- it even includes helium blimp elevators, a facade covered in photovoltaic panels, vertical axis wind turbines and a whole slew of sustainable strategies.

Dorin Stefan Birou Arhitectura collaborated with Mihai Bogdan CRACIUN architect from the USA as well as to design the iconic tower for Taipei. The project was inspired by the leaf, the shape of the island of Taiwan, the money tree, and other Taiwanese symbols. Eight zeppelin-like elevators serve as observation decks for the tower and run on a track positioned vertically in a strong electro‐magnetic field. The floating observatories will be constructed out of lightweight materials including PTFE, and the balloon is filled with helium. Each deck can carry from 50 to 80 people up to the top for stunning views of the city.


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  1. kirti muley July 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    height of human mind.

  2. Noyeah May 7, 2011 at 7:05 am


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