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Wednesday
Dec012010

'Tower of Power' Takes Renewable Energy Production to New Heights

The ambition behind NL Architects' proposal for the Taiwan Tower Competition was to create a 300-meter high freestanding tower with sightseeing and recreational functions that will serve as a 'model green building'. By simply combining the two typologies of windmill and observation tower, their design, 'Tower of Power', aspires to change the ‘content’ of the new generation of tourist towers and at the same time, the appearance of future wind energy generators. Instead of being yet another ‘empty’ icon, it actually is a usable object. Other than the required functionality as sightseeing tower and telecommunication base, it is also an environmentally friendly power plant. NL Architects' tower raises questions on how power plants of the future can be turned into objects of beauty.

Their Tower of Power features an exo-skeleton; a structural net wrapped around the building that together with the building’s core supports the required programmatic elements. The weaving of the structure creates an intricate pattern of void spaces. These empty spaces can now be occupied by so-called vertical axis wind turbines. The Tower of Power does not propose to use a new category of turbines; it deploys an existing type: The Eddy GT Turbine (As featured on Monitor).

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