The wow! factor was there from the start. We have all gazed upwards in awe. For centuries, Gothic spires dominated the city skyline and then, thanks to the invention of the steel frame, elevators, and several other key advances in building technology, office towers outreached them, and the competition to build ever higher is as lively as it was a hundred years ago, when the Woolworth palazzo broke the record. In his second book on the high-rise, Scott Johnson moves beyond height and structure, to review ways in which skyscrapers can perform better and make a positive contribution to the environment.
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Hotels, by their very nature, can be some of the least-environmentally places around, but these days that reputation is changing. Hotels—both their designs and their furnishings—are looking more sustainable as developers and owners increasingly go for LEED certification for reasons both altruistic and practical.
Five years ago, the powers that be at HGA started searching for a new space for their LA office. The old set-up was in a Century City high rise. “It had a bullpen in the middle and the shareholders were at the windows,” recalls Satoshi Teshima, an associate vice president in the LA branch. “It was a typical corporate set-up. We wanted to get away from that.”
This new MVRDV-designed landmark tower slated for Shenzhen, China will house the headquarters of the Guosen Securities corporation. The primary objective for the design of Guosen's new tower was that it be energy efficient and cool, which MVRDV was able to provide with its competition winning design. Resembling a giant Chinese lantern, the 204 meter tall tower will feature shading louvers on every floor, rainwater recycling, and natural daylighting for each employee's work station.