Saturday, 3 May 2008

Green Architecture from AS+GG

The trend towards high profile architecture being green is prominent at the moment, even if the designs has other strong themes, it seems that the more sustainable the project the better.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Hill Architects are making a name for themselves in this space with several signature buildings. Take a look a these 2 projects, they present a highly technical aesthetic, a digitally emergent design of complexity all in the name of creating architectural statements around sustainability and design. The CG work used to show off the schemes is also worth noting, the styling for me shows off the technical side very strongly - rather than a natural feel of environmental sustainability. The idea is that technology will help us be sustainable...

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The Clean Technology Tower, Chicago
I like the formal influence that the wind generation has had on the building. It's for Chicago, the home of the skyscraper, so the aesthetic works for me.
Building on principles of biomimicry, Clean Technology Tower utilizes advanced technologies and climate-appropriate building systems to foster a symbiotic relationship with its local environment. [from the AS+GG site]
If Chicago is as windy as they say - then such a design seems like a great idea.


[images of the Clean Technology Tower, Chicago from the Inhabitat site]

AS+GG Page on the scheme
Inhabitat coverage

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Masdar Headquarters, Abu Dhabi

A core piece of the Norman Foster master-planned Masdar City, this HQ is setting a bunch of firsts for this type of building. It will not only generate more power than it consumes, but also generate power for its own construction. Being part of the creation of the first phase of Masdar City, craetions like this will be key to the viability of the whole green city idea.



[images of the Masdar Headquarters, Abu Dhabi from the Inhabitat site]

AS+GG Page on the scheme
Inhabitat coverage

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