Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a conceptual skyscraper with a façade composed of thousands of small wind turbines that would be able to produce enough energy to power the entire building. At night, the diamond-shaped generators are lit with thousands of tiny LED lights incorporated into the building envelope.
The 350-meter (1,150-foot) structure, located in Taichung City, Taiwan, is meant to house the city’s Department of Urban Development, as well as commercial activities such as exhibition spaces, museums and retail areas. The tower’s façade, inspired by the plum blossom — the national flower of China and Taiwan – reacts to changes in direction and intensity of the wind and creates an effect of hundreds of plum buds bursting into bloom.
Mechanical wind power generators are set within the façade grid and act as weather vanes that oscillate with the wind. Each generator has its own LED light, which illuminates a small piece of the façade with intensity that depends on the amount of energy produced. This produces a pulsating flow of light that travels across the undulating façade. The color of the lights would also be adjusted to correspond to changes in temperature and season.
Concrete-filled steel profiles follow the sinus waves from the ground level and provide additional structural support and power protection. The wind harnessing capability, along with the lighting that responds to local atmospheric conditions, makes this conceptual tower a true “decoder of nature.”