Gallery: World’s Greenest Skyscraper: Pearl River Tower Almost Complete


What might be the world’s greenest skyscraper just finished construction of its top floor floor in Guangzhou, China. We wrote about the “zero energy” Pearl River Tower, home of CNTC Guangdong Tobacco Corporation, back in 2006 when it was just a rendering. Now that the structure is in place the tower is slated to be finished later this year. Pearl River integrates the use of top of the line sustainable technology, passive wind and solar design, and innovative structural techniques to create a near zero energy building that is as beautiful as it is green.

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  1. BWilkins March 30, 2010 at 3:52 am


    Those floors are mechanical spaces. I know because I was co-designer of the tower (and daily reader of inhabitat). And there was no “huge waste of valuable real estate”… because of the integrated systems, including the turbines, we were able to have more floor area in the tower. [Brad Wilkins]

  2. xsimpletunx March 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    For those who may not know, those two empty floors (~12&24) are there because local building codes require them as a fire break and staging area. They are not a coincidental architectural feature. Ultimately, they are a huge loss and waste of valuable real estate, which is a shame. Not to take away from the “green-ness” of the design, just an fyi. Very cool tower nonetheless.

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