Architects have released details of an innovative new skyscraper design that can regulate the amount of light around a tower and eliminate the shadows cast over London by its ever-increasing number of tall buildings.
A concept design for the Greenwich Peninsula by global firm NBBJ incorporates two curved and angled towers that respond to the “solar context of the site” and minimise any shadow.
A digital algorithm takes in data about the location of the buildings and creates an optimum shape that reduces direct shadow around the buildings by up to 60%, while the space around them benefit from the changing light patterns created by the mirrored towers.
But it is unlikely that the new-style skyscrapers, which also regulate heat, will ever be built as quickly as the 19 days it took a Chinese developer to complete 57-storey skyscraper.
Broad Sustainable Building architect Xian Min Zhang has released a video of the construction of J57, an 80,000 square metre tower that has been built with energy-efficient Lego-style blocks. He claims BSB is now building its prefabricated skyscrapers at a record three floors per day.
This building has 19 10m-high atriums, 800 apartments and office space for 4000 people. Zhang says the use of modules reduced the use of concrete by 15,000 trucks, which he says almost eliminated all the release of dust in the air.
[ Video credit: Interior Design ]