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Terraced LEED Platinum Tower is Wrapped in Greenery

Posted By Andrew Michler On November 10, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Green Building | 1 Comment

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HKS Inc [2] has proposed a soaring LEED platinum [3] tower for India that is designed to effortlessly blend the indoors and outdoors. Dubbed the ITC Corporate Tower, the breathing white building features a double façade system that integrates balconies and a green zone to help keep the intense Bangalore sun from overheating the inside. The form of the building is inspired by local Dravidian Temples [4] from ages past, and its advanced set of green building strategies signal a bright future for sustainable design [5] in the burgeoning nation.

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The sloped face and complex, gauzy appearance of the tower may be inspired by the local building vernacular, but these design elements also play a pivotal role in the project’s energy-efficient design. The screen that wraps around the south side lets air and light penetrate the interior but rejects direct solar gain. A series of double and triple-height terraces [7] host vegetation, which further cools the space and provides a more natural environment for the interior offices.

The building also takes advantage of the stack effect to provide natural cooling [8] to the interior. Office windows open to facilitate natural ventilation through cross breezes. The façade screen extends [9] below the main 26 story structure to provide a shaded entrance surrounded by a large greenscape. The combined design elements work in sync to provide both a lowered energy profile and an enhanced work environment.

+ HKS Inc [2]

Via World Architecture News [10]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/10/green-terraced-leed-platinum-tower-in-india/indiatower-ed01/

[2] HKS Inc: http://hksinc.com/

[3] LEED platinum: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=LEED+platinum

[4] Dravidian Temples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dravidian_architecture

[5] sustainable design: http://inhabitat.com/?cat=16

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/10/green-terraced-leed-platinum-tower-in-india/new-2-102/

[7] terraces: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/27/herzog-de-meurons-beirut-terraces-with-hanging-gardens/

[8] natural cooling: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/04/arup-unveils-the-worlds-most-sustainable-broadcasting-studio/

[9] extends: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=184434

[10] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=15092

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