Zero carbon skyscrapers

The skyscraper has long been the symbol of a growing city which demands more in less space, but with the new environmental pressures, these iconic structures also needs to adapt.

We have seen many designs which could be the future of skyscrapers, they depict structures which floats on water or underground, but for the recent Taiwan Tower International Competition, Austrian architecture firm soma designed this plant-like, zero-carbon structure that not only generates its own energy, but also biomimetically responds to its surroundings in its daily operations.

Soma's Fibrous Tower is designed to be a self-sufficient, non-hierarchal structure, organized along a "cellular" pattern, facilitating open-ended circulation between buildings (museum, tower lobby, , green spaces and a network of paths. This non-hierarchal organization can be seen in the unusual form of the Fibrous Tower, which looks something like the roots of a tree or plant stamens rising up and weaving toward the sky, leaving the landscape below as an open field.

These giant, interweaving roots, which are subdivided to different functions, contain panoramic elevators, stairs, platforms and public observatories and were generated using some interesting methods, says ArchDaily:

The design was developed using swarm intelligence system – a bottom-up processing that uses algorithms that imitate natural biological processes and applies them to digital models. The organization developed in this design created the performative fibrous structure and is just one solution chosen out of the many possible by this process. Once a scheme was chosen, the architects applied functional constrictions and further developed the design with a structural analysis.

It's an eye-catching example of digitally-generated, biomimetic architecture, which not only learns from nature but also responds to it. The building's required energy needs are fulfilled by piezoelectric feelers near the top which transform movement into electricity, resembling like a "floating swarms of particles." In addition, photovoltaic panels would be placed on the roof of the museum, while a flexible PV system would be layered on the outer skin of the entire tower.

Modelled on the unfolding of flowers, there are "biomimetic lamellas" which respond to weather conditions by opening and closing themselves to protect inhabitants from the elements.

Rather than the energy-intensive and angular skyscrapers of today, the Fibrous Tower is a tower designed to be in tune with its environment -- a nature-inspired landmark that would weave a new story for a city. Which is entirely the point, says soma:

The tower itself becomes a fully integrated part of the exhibition; it displays how the responsible use of natural resources can lead to architectural innovation and investigation that speaks to peoples’ imagination and emotions.

Pictures courtesy : soma

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 17 Nov 2017
      FWJK has announced the launch of its latest residential brand, the Lil’ Apple, which will be launched simultaneously in two developments in Cape Town and Umhlanga totaling 600 apartments. The Lil’ Apple is set to be a brand of FWJK’s New York style apartments which will be rolled out nationally.
    • 17 Nov 2017
      It’s been a tumultuous year on many fronts, with socio-political uncertainty setting the tone for much of South Africa’s economic activity yet despite this and seemingly counter-intuitively, the residential property market has held up well.
    • 17 Nov 2017
      The EAAB (the Estate Agency Affairs Board) recently claimed that around 50,000 illegal estate agents could currently be operating illegally.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      Penthouses are synonymous with New York – characterised by high-rise living that is decidedly luxurious and spacious. While exclusivity comes at a price, you can still create a “penthouse” look and feel in your existing apartment or even the upstairs bedroom of a double storey house with some clever design changes and styling touches.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      The area has long been popular with kite surfers and, with escalating property prices in Cape Town itself, is increasingly in demand with home owners who work in town, but are looking to invest in more affordable properties.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      Cape Town’s popularity as a world-class tourist destination has resulted in a spike in the number of homes available for holiday lets and fuelled investor demand for sectional title units with short term rental potential.
    • 15 Nov 2017
      Sappi, one of South Africa’s oldest global companies and a leading global supplier of sustainable woodfibre products, has moved its global and regional headquarters to a new site on the corner of Oxford and 14th Avenue in Rosebank.
    • 15 Nov 2017
      There’s an old saying in real estate that you should seek to make a profit when you buy, not only when you sell – and a large part of succeeding at that endeavour is buying a home in an area with desirable features that will enhance the resale value of your property.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us