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Taiwan Skyscraper's Facade Covered in Thousands of Wind Turbines

Taiwan Skyscraper's Facade Covered in Thousands of Wind Turbines | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a 1,150 foot (350m) skyscraper located in Taichung City, Taiwan, to house the city’s Department of Urban Development, commercial concerns, museums, retail areas and exhibitions spaces. 


The building’s design was inspired by the plum blossom, the national flower of China and Taiwan. The building’s twisting and turning structure is intended to evoke the experience of plum blossoms bursting into bloom.

To do so, the facade has thousands of small diamond shaped wind turbines, which produce enough energy to power the building. These wind generators are set into the facade grid, oscillating as wind skirts the building.



Via Lauren Moss
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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 13, 2013 11:25 AM

Qué os parece una fachada compuesta por miles de pequeñas turbinas que generan  energía para el consumo del edificio?

Un propuesta de belleza orgánica y filosofía sostenible para esta torre de Taichung City, en Taiwan,

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 15, 2013 7:42 AM

new and innovative way to produce power for an entire building. The source of energy is embedded in the architecture. - Madi Chaput

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 16, 2013 4:17 AM

Yet again another environmentally friendly design. This building has been designed to generate its own energy and power LED lighting throughout the building. This is done through the power of wind turbines which the building is completely surrounded by. It is becoming the newest trend in design to create buildings and structures that are helpful to the environment.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction

China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Construction has started on a cave hotel resort by Atkins that will nestle into the rockface of an abandoned water-filled quarry near Shanghai, China.

Once complete, the hotel will offer around 400 rooms, as well as conference facilities, a banquet hall, restaurants, a swimming pool and a water-sports centre.

The building will use geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity and lighting, while greenery will blanket a roof that extends just two storeys above the edge of the quarry.

 

Sustainability is integral to Atkins' design of this unique resort, built into an abandoned, water-filled quarry.


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Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 4:43 AM
awesome
Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 4:43 AM
awesome ....
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The World's Most Bizarre Houses

The World's Most Bizarre Houses | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Most of us have wildly different ideas about what a dream house should look like. For some, it's a Cape Cod-style cottage, while others crave the warmth of a Charles and Henry Greene California bun...
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