A brand new design for Jinshui Science and Technology Park has emerged with sustainability at its core. Architecture studio GDS Architects unveiled their modern design last week - a series of high rise towers that have a zero carbon footprint. The project, to be completed in Zhengzhou, China, is an ambitious one consisting of nine towers of 13 or 11 storeys, but each one designed for optimum energy efficiency. The concept images certainly look sleek and high-tech, but could it really be zero carbon? Read on to find out how the studio plans to make the park an eco-friendly success!
In order to reduce energy use the studio has a solution to prevent dependency on air conditioning: the towers will each have a double skin facade of Low-E glass and horizontal sunshades on the inside – to enable ventilation and allow sunlight to flood the interior space.
To help the building produce its energy and become more self-sufficient, each tower will be decked out with photovoltaic panels on the roof and walls. This has the potential to create a lot of energy, which, considering the amount of space to be used for offices as well as residences, would be essential to the park’s sustainability goals.
While the concept takes its inspiration from existing campuses and complexes that make up the current science parks, it also draws on ideas from urban developments in Australia and Singapore. Buildings will be clustered together in groups in order to create facilities that can be shared. External gardens are to become communal areas for residents and workers alike to give the park a community element.
Images courtesy of GDS Architects