Work underway on the Wuhan Greenland skyscraper


The megatall Wuhan Greenland Center, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, in Wuhan, China is expected to be completed by 2017. The 120-story, mixed use tower aims to become a new icon for Wuhan as the third tallest building in the world and one of the most energy-efficient towers ever built. The tower will have a tapered, soft form and a domed top meant to help reduce wind loads. This will be aided by the building’s regularly placed facade apertures, which will also house window-washing systems and air intake and exhaust systems on mechanical floors. The introduction of vents at the tips of the three legs of the tower is one of the most innovative design strategies used in the design of the building and will help make it extremely aerodynamic. The building is likely to save 51 per cent of energy compared to typical office buildings, and include a grey water recovery system, an evaporative cooling system and energy-efficient lighting.

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