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Flora-Filled GSI Tower in Cancun Hovers Over the Caribbean
Posted By Tafline Laylin On May 23, 2011 @ 2:22 am In Architecture,Gallery | 1 Comment
This is a mixed-use development complete with a shopping mall, offices, and a hotel. This stunning 20 storey double-tiered tower slated for Cancun definitely caters to the nature lovers of the world. Sanzpont Arquitectura combined a mall, hotel, and offices in one sassy building that will be both energy-efficient and comfortable. Using passive design techniques and special materials for the eastern and western facades, the designers ensure a verdant urban environment full of air and light.
The western facade is built with alucobond in the form of fish scales in order to circulate air and light between the horizontal louvers . The eastern facade is comprised of serigraph, sandblasted and transparent glass which block excess solar gain  without disturbing the incredible view over the crystal clear Caribbean.
The double-tiered tower is connected by two high bridges that are also habitable, allowing for a funky bendy shape and solar shading . Flora has been incorporated throughout the building, creating a fluid extension of the natural surroundings at the bottom level and a pleasant urban roof. This gorgeous design epitomizes the future of smart, elegant mixed-use development . And did we mention it’s in Cancun?
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/greenery-filled-gsi-tower-in-cancun-hovers-over-the-caribbean/sanzpont-gsi-tower-cancun/
 horizontal louvers: http://inhabitat.com/luxury-residences-on-phuket-island-to-feature-modular-louvered-screens/bluepoint-residences-4/
 excess solar gain: http://inhabitat.com/daffonchio-chisels-green-roofed-addition-to-samios-heritage-house/samios_picnik-3/
 solar shading: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=solar+shading
 mixed-use development: http://inhabitat.com/mixed-use-development-for-amsterdam-inspired-by-the-alligator/
 + Sanzpont Arquitectura: http://www.sanzpont.com/
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