Web Exclusive | July 2014
The soon to be tallest pair of skyscrapers in the world - The Phoenix Towers are to be built in Wuhan, China. Chetwoods Architects in collaboration with Hua Yan Group, have proposed plans for supertall structures, which will be about 1 km in height. The twin towers will be the centerpieces to the four master plans Chetwood has prepared in order to re-invigorate the Chinese city. The towers will be constructed on an island within a lake as part of a 47-hectare site. Apart from their amazing height, the main highlight of these towers is their green initiative.
Green initiatives such as wind turbines, solar panels, thermal chimneys and rainwater harvesting will work in conjunction with biomass boilers and hydrogen fuel cells at ground level to generate the power required to support the towers and contribute to the wider community. The concept for the two towers is derived from the symbol of the Chinese Phoenix, which combines male (Feng) and female (Huang) entities in perfect balance. The Feng tower will feed the Huang tower with renewable energy and they together will promote sustainability in architecture.
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