Wuhan, the city in central China, has both an ancient history and prosperous future. City, known for its historic and natural wonders, now has one more thing that will make you want to visit – lily-shaped research centre for Wuhan University.
This 140 meter tower surrounded by lower tower in the flower-shape is considered to be one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. Netherlands-based company Grontmij all together with Soeters Van Eldonk architects designed this centre to be zero carbon and zero energy. The large solar panels, which is covering the central tower, makes all this possible. Solar layer absorb sunlight just like a real flower. Building is designed according to the principle of natural ventilation, with the help of central solar chimney natural air ventilation reaches its maximum. Wuhan weather conditions are pretty extreme, during hot season the temperature can reach 45°C, which means that cooling system is an essential part of the building. Designers considered every detail. Overhanging roof of the central tower maximizes the shading of the glass-fronted offices, which reduces the cooling need. Designers didn’t miss people`s “desire for green”. They are to create a roof-top garden at the 17th floor to allow visitors and workers enjoy the benefits of cooling air to the full.
The design of Energy Flower accentuates on the theme of new energy utilization. To complete this project architects gathered new energy technologies all over China and even the whole world. The Energy Flower project is developed to help China to cut carbon emissions, therefore to make Wuhan to be the most sustainable city.
Green buildings are still just a small part of global construction market. Paying too much attention to profits and building costs, companies are tend to neglect sustainable design and energy efficiency factors. Recently China set its target on green buildings constructions, trying to make it a common thing with time.
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