Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou

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Text by Wayne Lorentz

Can a skyscraper produce more energy than it consumes? That's what we'll find out when the Pearl River Tower is completed. It is designed to be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world. Among its features are turbines that turn wind into energy for the HVAC system, solar collector for more power generation, a rainwater collection system, part of which is heated by the sun to provide hot water. The building is cooled, in part, through heat sinks and vertical vents. The turbines do more than generate electricity, though. The openings through which the wind flows help reduce the overall wind load on the skyscraper.

Visually, the building is quite nice. It is a rounded slab divided into three roughly equal sections, with visible cross bracing on the narrow ends. A pleasing light blue glass blends well with the sky in optimum conditions, but considering the region's serious air pollution problems it remains to be seen how many days this building will get to show its stuff.

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  i love this building 'cause i do think it is the best builing in canton city.maybe the best environment friendly system in the world. i love it very much,and i hope this builing can be completed next future

xem - Monday, July 7th, 2008 @ 9:12am  

  absolutely fantastic!brilliant design,light appearance,interesting wind issue solution

Agnieszka - Friday, July 6th, 2007 @ 6:48am  

  I just passed the construction site today and they are doing hard work in there. It is a great idea for a complex city as Guangzhou.

Jorge - Monday, April 2nd, 2007 @ 3:51am  

  I like it. The building is absolutely beautiful, the enviroment-friendly system once active on this building should provoke more usage in the near future. -Jesse, NY

Jesse - Wednesday, December 13th, 2006 @ 10:23am  

  wow the building idea is so cooli hope they make houses that waytoo!I love nature so anything enviroment freindly sounds Excellent!!

Leticia - Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 @ 10:06pm  

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