According to the World Green Building Council, our built environment accounts for about 40% of the world's carbon footprint. In order to meet the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, architects and urban planners must guarantee that future structures have the least negative environmental effect feasible. That is precisely what Vincent Callebaut Architectures strives for with its unique architectural projects.
Taipei's Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, a LEED Gold-certified high-rise skyscraper scheduled for completion by the end of 2021, is one of the firm's most recent eco-architecture accomplishments. The award-winning building, located in Taiwan's capital's financial center, comprises of a vertical forest meant to act as a "anti-global warming carbon-absorbing ecosystem." On the ground floor, balconies, and terraces of the residential complex, about 23,000 trees, shrubs, and plants are anticipated to be planted. The architects estimate that the tower's yearly carbon absorption capacity would be about 130 tons.
Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, formerly known as the Agora Garden, is a 20-story residential building shaped after the double-helix structure of DNA. Each column-free floor rotates by 4.5 degrees in turn, resulting in a 90-degree variation from the bottom to the top. The energy-efficient structure has a double-skin exterior and a huge array of solar panels on the roof, which power the building with renewable electricity to satisfy LEED Gold standards, one of the world's leading green building certifications. Natural ventilation chimneys, a rainwater recycling system, and LED lighting are also included.
"A building should be a song for the earth and co-exist with the environment," they explained to the architects. "A carbon-absorbing Vertical Forest building is no doubt the most profound foresight for the buildings of future cities. Tao Zhu Yin Yuan puts fighting global warming into practical action, shows love for the trees and forests, interprets them in depth through space, and carves a sustainable faith."
Soon, the forest of skyscrapers will be a real forest.
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