Monday, 15 March 2010

Studio RHE unveils solar-powered residential eco-tower for London

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Eco Factor: Sustainable residential building powered by renewable energy.

Studio RHE has unveiled the designs of new residential tower for the Borough of Newham, one of London’s poorest boroughs. Dubbed SilverTree, the new residential eco-tower incorporates the latest in environmental design and construction with the use of advanced materials.

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The 24-story tower is to be wrapped in colored panels on two sides, which not only provide solar shading but also generate renewable energy from onboard photovoltaic panels. The third side of the building reveals a green vertical forest of plantings that encloses the terraces and balconies.

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The tower’s distinct fa├žade of curved aluminum bands provide solar and wind protection, while a vast array of solar panels generate renewable energy. Additional renewable energy is also generated by a ground source heat pump that has been built into the foundations of the buildings.

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The tower will provide 161 residential units of various sizes with a communal landscaped open deck on the first floor. The lower decks will provide space for offices, retail and cafes.




Source:

World Architecture News

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