Once again raising the bar on avant-garde green architectural icons in the furthest corners of the world, Sir Norman Foster has just revealed his designs for a new ecological tower in Khanty Mansyisk, Siberia. Similar to his entertainment center in Kazakhstan, the stunning tower will combine a cloud-piercing aesthetic with mixed-use functions and some of the most cutting-edge green building technologies.

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The tower will provide a location for living, working, and leisure, designed sustainably to minimize site impact and be sensitive to the harsh Siberian climate. Never one to sacrifice aesthetics for function, Foster has cladded the 280-meter tower in faceted glass to maximize daylight through the winter months while reflecting natural light to illuminate the interior spaces.

In terms of green features, the tower centers around a South-facing atrium, which maximizes daylight and solar gain, minimizing the need for artificial lighting and providing insulation during the colder months. The structure will also rest lightly on the land and rely on renewable energy sources.

Space for residential, office, hotel, and retail programs will be integrated, topped off by a dramatic viewing platform and restaurant at the tower’s summit.

+ Foster + Partners