There’s a new contender vying for the title of World’s Most Sustainable Skyscraper: The new headquarters for the CNTC Guangdong Company, a large tobacco company in China, will be a zero-energy building.

The company held an international design competition, and the winning design of the 69-story Pearl River Tower comes from Chicago’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). According to project architect Gordon Gill, this isn’t just a building, it’s �a high performance instrument shaped by the sun and the wind.”

SOM employed nearly every trick in the zero-energy book: the main fa�ade is south-facing, the windows are made of double-glazed glass, the building is outfitted with wind turbines and solar panels to provide electricity and power the heating and cooling systems, and rainwater collection and grey-water recycling systems reduce water consumption.

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  1. chong April 16, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Truly if we incorporate in every building,city and community such sustanability designs,we can achive a better livable world.

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  4. Michael April 21, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    Now if they could just build it without slave labor and driving people out of their houses. Please, can we not kiss the Emperor’s ring and tell him how beautiful his clothes are…

  5. Kirsty April 21, 2006 at 4:41 am

    Hi, i’m a regular reader of this site, it’s simply superb.
    This really is an impressive design, though ironically it’s for a cigarette company!
    Cigarette’s are not sustainable full-stop. In a country like China where over half the population smokes, the amount of medical suspenses, energy and resources required to treat the patients created by this commercial industry will never be compensated by an energy free building. Though of course, that’s probably more of a unseen concern to those entrepreneurs puffing away at their chairs.
    It is also situated in one of the most terribly polluted cities in the world too.. … but I guess, it’s a good start.

  6. Elizabeth April 20, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Good lord, that is a beautiful building.

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