Archive for ‘Green Technology’

February 15, 2011

SolarCity Center Linz | Auer+Weber+Assoziierte

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Linz Pichling
Project SolarCity Center Linz
Comletion 2005
Gross area 16.540 sqm
Gross volume 63.800 cbm
Building costs € 28,1 Mio.
Photography Roland Halbe, Stuttgart 

Description Based on a master plan by the architects Norman Foster, Thomas Herzog and Richard Rogers a brand new town for 6.000 inhabitants, which will be powered almost entirely by solar energy, is being established in Linz-Pichling. The highest possible level of compactness, diversity and multipurpose facilities, as well as the development of low-cost municipal housing, also feature in the plans. Gardens for tenants, tranquil areas, children’s playgrounds and spots for communal activities divide up the construction areas and lend them an air of small scale individuality.

Together with a wide access boulevard, the center of this future solar-powered town will form a functional and spatial link between the town’s districts, including various commercial, cultural and general service providers which will be attached as modular elements. A linear supporting frame is being erected in the streets and courtyards to provide transparent roofing. A variety of lighting effects will be created by the use of coated, colored and polished glass, while the roofs of the modules will be used to create solar energy.

The plan is for the central square – a “social magnet” that can be easily reached on foot from all areas – to be the centerpiece of life in the new town.

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http://www.german-architects.com/auer-weber-assoziierte-stuttgart?lang=en-gb

February 14, 2011

Clean Technology Tower | Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill

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The “Clean Technology Tower” is a highly efficient building which will be constructed in Chicago. The tower will have wind turbines positioned at the corners of the building, to capture wind at its highest velocity as it accelerates around the tower. At the apex, where wind speeds are at a maximum, a domed double roof cavity directs the wind towards an array of wind turbines. The negative pressure created by the turbines will be used to ventilate interior spaces. The dome itself is shaded by solar cells that capture the southern sun.

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The complex includes over 1.8 million square feet of office space as well as a 300,000 square foot hotel, a spa and street-level retail.

It was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, the same firm who designed the recently featured solar Masdar Headquarters.

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This tower in Chicago is an evolution of the Pearl River Tower which both Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill were responsible for while at SOM. Where Pearl River used the face of the building to funnel wind into two large turbine zones this design uses an array of smaller turbines at the corners of the building to catch the wind at its highest velocity.

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http://www.metaefficient.com/architecture-and-building/innovative-tower-to-feature-atrium-of-wind-turbines.html

http://smithgill.com/#/work/by_name/clean_technology_tower

February 14, 2011

Skyscraper Gets Covered In 7000 Solar Panels, but apparently only 4898 of these modules are “live” the others are “dummy modules” — strange!

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The facade of this Manchester skyscraper (owned by CIS, an insurance company) was original covered with small mosaic tiles, but after only six months, they began to detach and fall. A solution was needed, and a company called solarcentury came up with a clever idea replacing the failing tiles with solar cells.
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Not only do the solar cells provide a weatherproof barrier, they also generate about 390kW of power for the building. In total, 7,244 Sharp 80W modules are used to cover the entire service tower (but apparently only 4898 of these modules are “live” the others are “dummy modules” — strange). The building also has 24 wind turbines on the roof, which provide 10% of the total power used by the building.

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The £5.5 million ($10.1 million) solar project was supported by a £885,000 (US$1.64 million) grant from the Northwest Regional Development Agency and a £175,000 (US$ 324,435) grant from the Department of Trade and Industry.

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Link: CIS Solar Tower

http://www.metaefficient.com/architecture-and-building/skyscraper-gets-covered-in-7000-solar-panels.html

 

January 31, 2011

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Courtesy Jet Chai HOK

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Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Walking Radius Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Green Space Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Water Space Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Cultural Corridor Pedestrian Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Cultural Corridor Vehicle Diagram

Langfang Eco-Smart City / Woods Bagot + HOK Cultural Corridor LRT Diagram

Woods Bagot Architecture and HOK Planning have worked together to generate the master plan for  Eco-Smart City and shared its announcement with us here at ArchDaily. Additional renderings, watercolors and the official press release after the break.

HONG KONG – AIA Hong Kong, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has recognized the  Eco-Smart City Master Plan with its 2010 Merit Award for Urban Design. Noted for its long-range vision, the master plan sets forth a strategy for transforming  into a model of ecological urban redevelopment, calling attention to the role of existing cities in forging a more sustainable global future. Woods Bagot’s San Francisco studio served as the architect for the planning team led by HOK and CW Group. The award was the only honor given for urban design by the chapter this year.Located between Beijing and the Tianjin mega-region,  has grown from an agricultural hub of 50,000 in the mid-20th century to a city of 800,000. With the pending completion of the Beijing- Shanghai high-speed rail line, which will stop in , additional growth opportunities for the city are anticipated. In contrast to the pattern of new city development common in , the Eco-Smart City Master Plan proposes to intensify existing development patterns within, preserve the surrounding agricultural land, and integrate ecological systems that restore and enrich the natural habitat—all with an overarching goal of creating an economically, culturally and environmentally vital metropolitan center for future generations.

Three key elements comprise the plan: a City Center Transportation Hub, a Northern Gateway Cultural Corridor, and an extensive wetland and aquifer system. Located in the heart of the city and bridging the high speed rail-line, the transportation hub weaves together transit systems, living infrastructure, and compact development to create a pedestrian-scaled, multi-tiered canopy for working and living. Marking the city’s northern gateway, the Cultural Corridor provides a respite from the density of the city center, offering low-rise, residential blocks, world-class cultural institutions, and a vast, 376-hectare park devoted to ecological restoration.

Distributed throughout the city and feeding into the wetland and aquifer system, a network of green corridors and ‘blueways’—integrated landscape and water features—form a connective, multifunctional infrastructure for harvesting water, restoring biodiversity, and enhancing the city’s sense of place and identity. Supported by an economic strategy that encourages ecologically restorative industries in alternative energy, public transit, and organic agriculture, as well as in health and education, ’s Eco-Smart City master plan establishes a comprehensive, future-oriented vision.

The Eco-Smart City master plan was approved by the city of  earlier this year. Implementation of the City Center Transportation Hub is currently underway.

http://www.archdaily.com/107090/langfang-eco-smart-city-woods-bagot-hok/

January 30, 2011

Neo Solar Power Corporation | J. J. Pan & Partners

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Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners (JJPP)
Location:  Science Park, 
Project team: Joshua J. Pan, Chung Tsai Huang, Yi Tai Lin, Shun Lang Wu, Mallet Y.L. Chang, K. J. Lin, I-Fen Chang, Shu Chiao Hsu
Project area: 27,000 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of JJPP

The façade takes up the metaphor of transferring light energy to electric power with solar panels to achieve a uniqueness of the contour. The exterior walls are designed as a continuous wave of panels in the concept of “starting-folding-concluding“ to express the design ideas of “undulation, transference.” Half-unit  and aluminum curtain walls are sectioned into 8 trapezoid units, finished with over 350 -cutting patterns. The perimeter of each floor varies with the advancing and recessing surface walls, and the trimming  beam curving with the floor board serves as the fixed end of the curtain walls.The ground floor of this north-oriented building is planned with high-ceilinged foyer and an auditorium, with a staff restaurant curtained with panoramic  walls facing the central green belt. The 2nd to 7th floors are research spaces, and the 8th floor is executive offices. The 5-story plant on the south is built with damping diagonal bracing structure. The heightened basement air raid shelter and garage are planned to meet the parking needs for phase II expansion in the future.To present a clear-cut, light, and transparent look of the building, and to induce greenery indoors, the large  exterior walls of the office building are complemented with movable vertical blinds to shield off light from the north. The alcove spaces formed alongside the exterior wall is employed as R&D discussion and lounging spots, to effectively utilize the irregular spaces.

http://www.archdaily.com/105668/neo-solar-power-corporation-j-j-pan-partners/