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A Shining Solar Skyscraper for Shenzen

Posted By Alexandra Kain On February 23, 2009 @ 8:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

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Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au [2] recently won first prize in a competition to design a shimmering skyscraper that will house the new headquarters of the China Insurance Group [3]. The 49 story tower will rise over the central business district of Shenzhen, a thriving economic center on China’s southern shore. The flowing outer skin of the building will be lined with photovoltaic cells [4] and will feature mechanisms to increase wind resistance, shade [5] the interiors from sunlight, provide natural ventilation [6], and display multimedia banners.

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The “Shenzhen 4 Tower in 1” Competition featured a jury chaired by Mr. Arata Isozaki [7] that considered entries from other big names in architecture like Steven Holl [8], MVRDV [9] and more. Inside the tower, functions will be separated in three sections – business offices at the top, public areas on the bottom floors and a central zone for semi-public functions likes conferences, business meetings and gardens [10]. The passively designed [11] outer skin of the structure will help regulate inside climate and be powered in part by solar [12] and wind [13] energy.

+ Coop Himmelb(l)au [2]

Via World Architecture News [14]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/23/shenzen-skyscraper-by-coop-himmelblau/

[2] Coop Himmelb(l)au: http://www.coop-himmelblau.at/

[3] China Insurance Group: http://www.chinainsurance.com/english/index_main.htm

[4] photovoltaic cells: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/06/projet-triangle-by-herzog-and-de-meuron/

[5] shade: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/23/slovenias-gorgeous-honeycomb-housing-complex/

[6] natural ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/11/mode-gakuen-spiral-towers-by-nikken-sekkei/

[7] Arata Isozaki: http://www.isozaki.co.jp/

[8] Steven Holl: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/10/copenhagen-gateway-by-steven-holl/

[9] MVRDV: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/06/sky-village-by-mvrdv-and-adept/

[10] gardens: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/09/sky-garden-skyscraper-by-daniel-libeskind/

[11] passively designed: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/passive-houses-in-germany/

[12] solar: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/solar-power/

[13] wind: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/wind/

[14] World Architecture News : http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11098

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