Pearl River Tower
Pearl River Tower
Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China represents a new kind of building: a skyscraper formed to work symbiotically with the natural environment. The project aims to be the world’s first supertall tower that produces most of the energy it consumes.
The project was featured as part of the MCA Chicago’s show "Sustainable Architecture in Chicago: Works in Progress," which provided a focused look at innovative sustainable building projects conceived by Chicago architects. The exhibit opened in the fall of 2006.
The tower’s unique shape was derived from the behavior of the natural elements at the building’s site. The building’s form was optimized to local solar and wind patterns, harnessing the energy of these resources and utilizing this natural power to sustain the building. Wind is funneled down the vertical face of the tower toward a series of turbines; photovoltaic panels in the building’s skin absorb and retain solar energy.
In addition to its superior performance, the tower also represents the pinnacle of quality for a world-class headquarters facility. The client desired a building that would represent and enhance their position as a global leader and an active participant in the sustainable design movement. It was equally important that the building provide the highest quality of workspace for the company’s staff. The tower was designed to satisfy all of these requirements, resulting in a building that represents the intersection between performance and function.
Pearl River Tower represents a true symbol of progress for the 21st century: a self-sustaining, environmentally intelligent building that is a stunning new icon for the future of the region.
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