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Old June 2nd, 2009, 12:44 AM   #281
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http://www.som.com/content.cfm/pearl_river_tower

architect's website say 2010... maybe it is a "soft opening" or that the outside is done but they still have to finish the inside.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 01:01 AM   #282
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Old June 19th, 2009, 08:05 AM   #283
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An interesting article from the Guardian about this tower and other development news.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...een-supertower

Supertower offers glimmer of hope in polluted Chinese city

Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou is being billed as a green beacon amid the pollution of China's construction boom

Jonathan Watts in Guangzhou guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 27 May 2009 17.27 BST
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Old June 25th, 2009, 06:23 AM   #284
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GUANGZHOU | Pearl River Tower | 309m | 1013ft | 70 fl | U/C

China skyscraper plan will generate energy
22 February 2006
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A skyscraper design that claims to produce more energy than it uses is trying to win a three-horse race for a corporate headquarters competition in Guangzhou in southern China.

The designers of the 69-storey Pearl River Tower claim that the tower will raise the bar for sustainable design. Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is planning to harvest wind and solar energy for the development in the subtropical port. Its design wants to direct and manage the region's often fierce winds so they become "invisible braces" that stiffen the tower.

"This is a skyscraper for a new age," said Adrian Smith, consulting design partner at SOM. "Its sculpted facade will direct wind to a pair of openings on the building's mechanical floors. The travelling winds push turbines which generate energy for the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. These openings also relieve wind pressure on the face of the building."

SOM claims energy consumption is reduced by maximising natural daylight, reducing solar gain in air conditioned spaces, retaining rainwater for grey-water usage and using the sun to heat the hot water supply. Stack venting, radiant slab cooling and caisson heat sinks work to chill the building. AC current is generated by solar collectors on the facade.

SOM is also the architect for the Freedom Tower on the site of the World Trade Center in New York, which is due to open in 2010.

However, the Freedom Tower will not use wind turbines like the Pearl River Tower following a design re-jig last year. This led to the abandoning of wind turbines for what will be the US's tallest building. It was decided the canopy of other skyscrapers would cause troublesome turbulence and limit efficiency.

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/


http://www.chinesearchitecture.cn/CA...rTower-001.jpg


http://static.flickr.com/75/190678641_99b9619c01_o.jpg


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Location at Zhujiang New Town
http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/4...q4l5iilgo6.jpg


Costruction has started. No better pic by the moment, sorry.
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2...3dhwcknvt8.jpg
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Old June 25th, 2009, 06:50 AM   #285
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thats old news.....
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Old June 30th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #286
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Old July 1st, 2009, 04:07 AM   #287
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Subscribe to my thread if you are interested in the information of skyscrapers in Guangzhou
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...=819460&page=9

The newest rendering of Pearl River Tower
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Old July 1st, 2009, 10:52 AM   #288
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Looks like it got redesigned, looks much more functional now. Oh well.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 11:14 AM   #289
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Looks like it got redesigned, looks much more functional now. Oh well.
It's still very similar to the first renders isn't it.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 12:05 PM   #290
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VERY similar.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 01:38 PM   #291
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Similar.... not the same.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 03:59 PM   #292
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Same!! Pay attention to the last render.
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im surprised to finally see this progressing so far... nice
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 03:07 PM   #294
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update in july 1 from skyscrapers.cn


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One of my favorite projects. It's amazing. Congratulations, Guangzhou
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Doesn't anybody have the balls to tell Tian Photography about their/his/her Engrish?
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Old July 4th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #299
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lol @ "all right reserves"

Nice progress. I hope to see some cladding soon, but seeing other buildings in U/C in China, most of them get the cladding when the tower is almost topped out.
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In this speed, the cladding can be finished by 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Great.
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