The Pearl River Tower

The Pearl River Tower is a 309.6-meter or 1,016-feet skyscraper located in the Tianhe District in Guangzhou, China. The neofuturistic building makes use of clean technology in order to minimize its harm into the environment. Many of its notable features include being the world’s largest radiant-cooled office building and the world’s most energy efficient super tall building, among many other distinctions.

Pearl River Tower History

The tower’s design was intended to create an energy efficient skyscraper. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, along with Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill designed the building. Groundbreaking was done on September 8, 2006. The building was topped out on March 28, 2010. Construction of the building was completed in 2011.

Pearl River Tower Features

This skyscraper is characterized by its many different energy conservation features that makes the tower one of the, if not the world’s most energy efficient tower. And it does not just rely on a single system for that matter. The building makes use of solar collectors, wind turbines, and photovoltaic cells in order to conserve energy used within. It also features underfloor air distribution as well as radiant heating and cooling ceilings. The skyscraper was designed to include micro-wind turbines built-in to generate energy for building use. The sculpted body was designed in a way to direct the air movement in the building surroundings into the turbines. But due to Chinese regulations regarding power generation, the micro-turbines were left out . But still, it is able to conserve energy and become more efficient in energy usage.

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