Gallery: Tower of Power is a Wind Energy-Generating Skyscraper for Taiw...

Over 600 vertical axis wind turbines cover the exterior of the tower.
Over 600 vertical axis wind turbines cover the exterior of the tower.

Inspiration for the Taiwan tower’s design came from woven bamboo or bamboo scaffolding – a meshed exterior encases all the programmatic elements. The weaving of the structure creates an intricate pattern and a series of voids that offer views of the city.

The gaps between the mesh also provide space to install 600 wind turbines for a total of 6 MW. These small vertical axis wind turbines are quiet and sculptural – as opposed to large, noisy turbines. The landmark tower’s Eddy turbine-studded facade doubles as a power plant that generates energy for the city. Visitors to the landmark tower will enjoy views of the city and cultural events from a building wrapped with renewable energy-generating turbines.

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  1. ahinalu December 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I’ve always imagined how much energy is wasted in places like NYC. If every building had even these small ones studded on the perimeter of the top it might not power the city, but it might offset it’s use by a bit. There’s tons of wind at 50 stories.

  2. mmolock November 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    When I see architecture like this, I know deep down, Americans are not a stupid people. But this pension for going for the standardize kit of parts is unsettling. There’s still an explorer spirit within us. Please, temper that book of “Best Practice Details” and again ask that question…”What If?”

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