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Old March 29th, 2006, 02:26 AM   #1
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Guangzhou Pearl River Tower by SOM

SOM Wins Design Competition for Sustainable Skyscraper in China

CHICAGO, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP has won an international competition in China to design one of the most environmentally-sustainable buildings in the world, the Chicago-based architecture and engineering firm announced today.

SOM -- in cooperation with the Guangzhou Pearl River Engineering Construction Supervision Corp., and Guangzhou Design Institute -- will design Pearl River Tower, a 69-story corporate headquarters, for the CNTC Guangdong Company. The tower will be located in Guangzhou China, a subtropical port city of 6.6 million located 182 kilometers from Hong Kong.

"This project represents our commitment to sustainable design," SOM Managing Partner Thomas Kerwin said. "It also represents our commitment and spirit of mutual collaboration with China's design professionals, government and industry in pushing sustainable design best-practices."

Sleek and cutting-edge, Pearl River Tower will be an instant icon. SOM's design and engineering teams sought to create a visually-appealing building that produces as much energy as it consumes.

"The tower will absorb its environment and use it to its advantage," said project design architect, Gordon Gill of SOM. "It is a high performance instrument shaped by the sun and the wind."

The tower boasts an array of design and mechanical features. Winds directed into openings on the mechanical floor would power turbines that operate the tower's heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Solar collectors convert the sun's energy into electricity. Energy consumption is diminished by maximizing natural day-lighting, reducing solar gain in air conditioned spaces, retaining rainwater for consumption by HVAC systems and using the sun to heat the hot water supply. Stack venting, heat sinks and slab cooling cool the building.

SOM Consulting Design Partner for the tower Adrian D. Smith said the design "embodies the strategies of energy conservation and energy production we have endeavored to integrate into supertall projects for over a decade."

SOM was selected over seven design firms from four countries. CNTC Guangdong Company President Xiang Jin Cheng said the design "is the prototype for the intelligent building of the future -- highly efficient, sustainable and self sufficient."

Groundbreaking is scheduled for July 2006 with occupancy in fall 2009.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Web site: http://www.som.com/
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Old March 29th, 2006, 03:31 AM   #2
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A tobacco company is building one of the worlds most environmentally sustainable buildings!! Oh the irony CNTC = China National Tobacco Corporation

I couldn't find anything about it on the SOM website hkskyline? It's listed on SSP (here) but hasn't been illustrated yet.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 06:35 AM   #3
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Old March 29th, 2006, 07:12 AM   #4
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It reminds me of three folded socks with nailfiles on the sides. :-) kidding aside it looks good and GZ sure need to take care of the enviroment more! Great project!
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Old March 29th, 2006, 07:13 AM   #5
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I honestly don't know what to think of this building, it looks really.... new!
But I do like that it's a green tower, so at least it's high quality
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Old March 29th, 2006, 08:51 AM   #6
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Yeah I'm not sure if I like it. Maybe if the indents were lighted well it would look interesting at night..... or maybe alot of greenery in those areas? Love the concept of a self-sustaining bldg, though, so it's great no matter what it looks like as long as it's not hideous.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 01:51 PM   #7
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fantastic project
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Old March 29th, 2006, 02:21 PM   #8
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SOM can always propose any nice project
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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:06 PM   #9
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that's the kind of building that is gonna be famous
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SOM is innovative..............
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Old March 29th, 2006, 10:37 PM   #11
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looks weird in a good way! 69 floors....how high will it be and will it be located near the allreay excisting highrise buidlings there??
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Yup. Even if people don't quite like how it looks, if it is built it will definitely be an engineering feat.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #13
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looks quite futurist, and not bad!
Does anyone have others pictures of it?
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Old March 30th, 2006, 01:30 AM   #14
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Looks really expensive! But cheers to their effort to be environmentally friendly
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It reminds me of three folded socks with nailfiles on the sides. :-) kidding aside it looks good and GZ sure need to take care of the enviroment more! Great project!
i thought socks as well at first glance
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Old March 31st, 2006, 01:36 AM   #16
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Looks really expensive! But cheers to their effort to be environmentally friendly
I suppose they are hoping alot of the extra expensise will be brought back by reduced power bills. And possibly even the ability to sell surplus power back to the energy companies. I don't know if there are any financial rewards from the government in china for enviromentally friendly buildings. Even if their arn't there might be in future which CNTC will be able to take.

Either way, it's a fantastic project. Hopefully designs like this will become even more common, it'd be nice to see all new skyscrapers as virtually self sustaining
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Old March 31st, 2006, 02:24 PM   #17
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excellent design, really modern.
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