‘Tallest Building’ Might Save the World
Posted on July 16, 2014
In three years, the tallest tower in the world will be turned from concept into reality.
In China’s Wuhan City, the Phoenix Towers are hoped to be the solution for China’s intense pollution problem. Designed by UK architecture firm Chetwoods, this structure is perceived to stand a full kilometer (3,281 ft.), stealing the crown of being the tallest building(s) in the world.
“It doesn’t just stand there and become an iconic symbol of Wuhan; it has to do a job,” founder Laurie Chetwood said in an interview. “We’ve applied as many environmental ideas as we possibly could to justify the shape and the size of them.”
The Phoenix Towers, therefore, are expected to live up to their name by giving the city of Wuhan a sense of rebirth. By using a complex mechanical system, they will simultaneously filter Wuhan’s air and water, collect solar, wind, and hydrogen power, provide produce from a massive vertical garden, harvest rainwater, house restaurants and businesses, boil biomass, and generally aim to solve every major ecological crisis faced by central China’s “Fourth Pole.”
The tower design is a good combination of both West and East. While its physical stature shows a futuristic front, it is also iconic because the two towers represent the dual sexes the legendary bird has in Chinese iconography, and the spirit of rebirth is spread throughout all eight hectares of the half-mile-high towers.
If successfully made, this might not only save Wuhan, but the rest of the world as well.