This project is a design for a sustainable skyscraper, in that the building not only reduces it energy consumption it also produces much of the energy it uses. The outer skin of this double skinned building is made up of Photovoltaic film “printed” onto glass. The dual skin system allows for passive cooling and greatly reduces the solar gain for the building.
This patterning is taken directly from the forest canopy, the trees leaves spread out across the tops of the canopy try to gather or harvest as much of the sun’s rays as possible. In a similar way this building’s skin harvests the rays off the sun to feed the organism. The dappled light coming into the building created by the openness of the second skin creates an intricate and beautiful effect. This effect can be controlled based on programmatic needs, denser canopy and less light in the gallery or looser more open in the housing.
The morphology of the tower follows a very simple logic-Maximize sun exposure. The total foot print of the site is extruded and turned to a southern exposure and then pinched to flatten and slope the southern face.