Gallery: Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbo...

 
Vincent Callebaut just unveiled a spiraling new cultural center for Taichung that combines bioclimatic architectural elements and complex geometry to create a landmark destination where art and literature are celebrated alongside nature. Like most of his designs, the eight story Swallows Nest involves an extraordinary feat of engineering. The steel structure is twisted into the shape of a three-dimensional Möbius’ ring that is lifted off the ground on three super strong pillars to reveal a verdant entrance area. Building-integrated photovoltaic panels generate energy, while low-E glass windows usher in natural light and provide thermal massing.

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