01 Mar '12, 6pm

Zero-Carbon Skyscraper of the Future Biomimics Flowers (Photos)

Zero-Carbon Skyscraper of the Future Biomimics Flowers (Photos)

As cities are changing to adapt to environmental pressures, skyscrapers -- those eminent symbols of hyper-urbanization -- must necessarily transform to fit the future as well. So what might these new towers of the city look like? These future towers might be underground or floating on the water , but for the recent Taiwan Tower International Competition for Taichung, Taiwan, Austrian architecture firm soma designed this plant-like, zero-carbon structure that not only generates its own energy, but also biomimetically responds to its surroundings in its daily operations. © soma Soma's Fibrous Tower is designed to be a self-sufficient, non-hierarchal structure, organized along a "cellular" pattern, facilitating open-ended circulation between buildings (museum, tower lobby, , green spaces and a network of paths. This non-hierarchal organization can be seen in the unusual form ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/fibrous-towe...

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