Evelyn Lee

Monolab's Soaring Solar Rotterdam Tower

by , 06/23/09
filed under: Architecture

sustainable architecture, green building, green design, Rotterdam Tower, Monolab, Monolab Architects, Sustainable Building, Photovoltaic

Monolab is aiming to take solar power to extreme heights by designing their sky-high Rotterdam Tower with a skin of photovoltaic panels. At 450 meters, the Rotterdam Tower design is intended to connect Europe’s largest port to the city by reaching into the vertical landscape. The tower, which has been designated as a mixed-use building, will incorporate public, commercial, and residential spaces. An intricate series of gondolas, which move up, down, and diagonally across the tower will leave passengers with a bit of vertigo while affording them an amazing view of the city.

sustainable architecture, green building, green design, Rotterdam Tower, Monolab, Monolab Architects, Sustainable Building, Photovoltaic

Rotterdam Tower is planned to be an extension of the port, and a new manmade connection back to land, thanks to the use of giant arms of steel. An integrated pedestrian boulevard will provide ample accessibility for those on foot. Those interested in getting to higher ground may view the city from the tower’s multiple sky lounges. A large parking structure with the capacity to hold 1000 cars is planned in hopes of liberating the downtown traffic zone and swapping asphalt for park grass.

+ Monolab Architects

Via World Architecture News

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