I’ve not blogged about this interesting and innovative Rotating Tower, which was designed by David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture, because critics have downplayed the concept saying it’s not capable of being built. But now comes news that the Rotating Tower is not only on the cusp of construction in Dubai, but it’s in advanced design phase for Moscow and intended for New York. Let me say that again: Fisher intends to design a Dynamic Tower for the Big Apple! If you haven’t heard about it yet, make sure to watch the above video. Here’s the general idea:
Construction just finished on this 24-story building designed by Foster + Partners for Vivaldi Park area in Amsterdam. It’s quite the efficient structure — exceeding Dutch environmental regulations by 10%, and features flexible floor plates that are perfect for big name tenants such as Ernst & Young. The design calls for an ecological pond, fully glazed windows on sun-exposed facades, and the retention of 65% of rainwater. In addition to its energy efficient elements, probably one of the more interesting aspects of the structure, and one that has grown on me, is Foster + Partners’ signature use of the aluminum-clad, steel diagrid structure. Any thoughts relating to the diagrid pattern on the building exterior?
I was pretty impressed by Agustin Otegui’s design for Nano Vent-Skin (NVS), rendered on the building above. NVS is a building skin that uses organic photovoltaics to capture sun and micro-wind turbines to capture wind. Otegui envisions nano-manufacturing with bioengineered organisms as the production method for NVS, and because it’s organic, the wall provides the additional benefit of capturing CO2 from the air.
Obviously, the concept building above would be a new design built to reap the benefits of NVS, but Otegui also thinks the skin would be perfect for making existing buildings greener.
KEO International Consultants has received word from the USGBC that its design for Sabah Al Ahmed International Finance Center (ICF) has been precertified at the Gold level under the LEED-CS green building rating system. The 1.2 million sf, 40-story tower is the first building in Kuwait to be registered or precertified by the USGBC. As you can partially tell from the renderings, the design includes four stacked courtyard atriums ranging from 8-13 floors each. Three of the atriums serve the office portion of the building, while the fourth atrium serves the 200 key, 4-star business class hotel. The tower generates part of its energy from a PV system, as well as from roof-mounted wind turbines. You may be able to see the lattice-work of wind turbines at the crown of the building; I think they’re the vertical axis, helical-type, but it’s hard to tell with this one image. We’ll make sure to keep you posted …
The use of wind turbines at the building’s apex is similar to what’s planned for Discovery Tower in Houston. It’ll be interesting to see these designs meet reality — the media world will definitely have fun running video and stories of building integrated wind turbines.
The South Group recently announced that Luma, their newly completed residential project, received LEED Gold certification. The 19-story high-rise joins its sister building, Elleven, and becomes only the second condo in the state to receive the Gold level designation. Located in the South Park neighborhood of LA and with a total of 236 residences, LUMA saves 30% more energy over Title 24 2001 standards and consumes roughly 751,000 gallons less water annually than a comparable tower. The posh, green tower was built with low-VOC everything, and as you would expect, recycled and locally-sourced materials.
If you’re in the market for something like this, you might need to jump on it — Luma is almost entirely sold out.