Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Tower of Power in Taichung, Taiwan by NL Architects
March 5th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Tower of Power features 600 rotors that together produce 6 MW. Tower of Power is not just a symbol of good intentions; it actually produces green energy. Instead of being yet another ‘empty’ icon it actually is a usable object: next to its required functionality as sightseeing tower and telecommunication base it is an environmentally friendly Power Plant.
Tower of Power is power plant without the obligatory technical appearance of wind turbines as we know them. Tower of Power is an attempt to investigate how power plants of the future can be turned into objects of beauty.
By simply combining the two typologies of windmill and observation tower, the Tower of Power in one single operation aspires to change the ‘content’ of the new generation of tourist towers and at the same time the appearance of future wind energy generators. Tower of Power as such tries to take renewable energy production to new heights.
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 structure as such is perhaps reminiscent of Bamboo weaving or Bamboo scaffolding. 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. Tower of Power does not propose to use a new category of turbines; it deploys an existing type: the eddy. These flower-like turbines are just orchestrated in a refreshing way.
Eddy is a wind turbine: strong, affordable and silent. Because of the vertical axis design eddy can produce energy with wind from any direction. It can be mounted virtually everywhere…
The functionality of the required program -lobby, parking, museum, offices, conference center and observatory- results in a specific shape for each unit. The program is stacked and positioned on specific heights. As such a kind of ‘totem’ comes into being that is wrapped by an intelligent skin.
Taichung can become the birth place of a new type of optimistic buildings.
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