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PostSubject: BIgs Eco-Friendly Shenzhen Towers   Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:53 am

BIgs Eco-Friendly Shenzhen Towers

The clever people at Big Architecture in association with Arup and Transsolar have been announced as the winners in an International competition to design new regional headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Company.

To be located in Shenzhen�s business centre, the project grandly named the Shenzhen International Energy Mansion consists of two towers the tallest of which will stand at 200 metres linked by a four storey base.

The design which was selected by a jury of experts from the Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau will not only be a landmark for the city but also its unique fašade design will earmark the evolution of green skyscraper design, something which is becoming more and more important to the ecologically minded these days.

The towers sport a boxy shape that are saved from banality by the towers facades which whilst being the standard glazed curtain wall have their own unique twist.

Despite the advantages of the traditional curtain wall they do have the drawback of having little insulation which leaves the interiors stuffy and overheated in direct sunlight and adds to the need of energy munching air conditioning, the usual solution to this problem is to use a heavy glass coating which does reduce heat gain but leaves the views with a dull, depressing, overcast look even on the brightest of days.

Big�s solution to this problem is to fold the facades like a giant piece of origami creating both enclosed and open spaces in the facades.
The closed sections are fitted with solar panels which will work the air conditioning in the building while the open folded sections, which when viewed look like someone has pulled the fašade away to take a peak inside the tower will give free views through clear glazing allowing the innards of the tower to be on show.

Thanks to the flat angle of this clear glazing the majority of sun rays will be reflected onto the solar panels increasing the towers energy production and at the same time reducing its consumption by over 60%.

Sadly despite the name there's no word yet on whether a butler, possibly called Jeeves, and a helpful pantry will be included.

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