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Old November 3rd, 2019, 12:46 PM   #161
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Renders.

Just a reminder of how the top looks in the renders... don't let us down

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This one officially launched today. More info and a brochure are available on the Abland website.









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Old November 3rd, 2019, 01:38 PM   #162
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Depending on how it's aligned that top as envisioned would make a nice roof space and with the shelter inherent in the design possibly particularly practical for Cape Town. On the alignment I think the opening faces pretty much due West so so southeaster coming straight in through there but wind flow is complicated stuff so no idea about turbulence spilling over the top.

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Old November 4th, 2019, 01:48 PM   #163
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I have a sneaking suspicion that the wings aren't going to happen
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Old November 5th, 2019, 03:15 PM   #165
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It's a wow building, but those wings would just make it WOW!
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Old November 5th, 2019, 03:17 PM   #166
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I don't see any clips or attachment pieces on the V as it stands to make me believe theres any more over-hanging sheets that would be needed to trace upwards and above the roofline
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That unfinished part on the top right at the end of the "V" - could that not be the basis for (the most elevated part of) the wings? The rest of the building seems to be following the renders quite accurately so why abandon the projected wings now. Also one crane is still in position - possibly only one crane is required to construct the wings. Here's hoping against hope!
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Old November 5th, 2019, 05:40 PM   #168
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Its a really gorgeous building.

I just wish it was 50 meters were taller. It could've been a good peak building in the cbd cluster.
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Old November 7th, 2019, 06:02 PM   #169
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So, it looks like the remaining crane is busy lifting itself a little higher. Which can only mean one thing. Right?
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Old November 8th, 2019, 12:51 AM   #170
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Yes and also they kind of have to raise that glass to shelter all the workings/machinery/aircon/whatever on the roof, right?
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Old November 11th, 2019, 05:00 PM   #171
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Some interesting concerns for a bit of food for thought below..

"It’s a vicious cycle: we build a glass skyscraper, then have to cool that glass skyscraper, which uses energy, which contributes to the climate crisis, which increases the temperature. The hotter weather makes the glass building even harder to cool, but we have to keep cooling it because sweaty co-workers are not happy co-workers, and so the cycle goes on."

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Some interesting concerns for a bit of food for thought below..

"It’s a vicious cycle: we build a glass skyscraper, then have to cool that glass skyscraper, which uses energy, which contributes to the climate crisis, which increases the temperature. The hotter weather makes the glass building even harder to cool, but we have to keep cooling it because sweaty co-workers are not happy co-workers, and so the cycle goes on."

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/stop...%20be%20banned
That is why the facade must be designed to reduce heat load. The solar energy hits the glass, some of it gets reflected (the more the better), some absorbed (which heats the glass like a hot plate) and some goes through and heats the inside. Highly reflective glass helps and double layered glass also helps. I believe that all engineers and architects should do an in-depth course on modelling these effects, just to improve the understanding for their designs.
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That is why the facade must be designed to reduce heat load. The solar energy hits the glass, some of it gets reflected (the more the better), some absorbed (which heats the glass like a hot plate) and some goes through and heats the inside. Highly reflective glass helps and double layered glass also helps. I believe that all engineers and architects should do an in-depth course on modelling these effects, just to improve the understanding for their designs.
And then other considerations can come into play as an architect found to their cost in London ('Walkie-Talkie' skyscraper melts Jaguar car parts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23930675). And that’s British sun, I dread to think what the possibilities would be with African sun if something similar happened.

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Some interesting concerns for a bit of food for thought below..

"It’s a vicious cycle: we build a glass skyscraper, then have to cool that glass skyscraper, which uses energy, which contributes to the climate crisis, which increases the temperature. The hotter weather makes the glass building even harder to cool, but we have to keep cooling it because sweaty co-workers are not happy co-workers, and so the cycle goes on."

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one solution might be to have solar panels on the facades that only lets some sunlight through.
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The blank wall is turning out to be great. It fits in nicely with the glass.

PS. The only thing that still worries me are those wings on the roof. I assume we would have seen some framing by now. They've erected a red water tank on the roof, and it's visible quite far up Long Street. It reminds me of an inflamed pimple. Doesn't look very nice O_o





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Old December 4th, 2019, 06:05 PM   #176
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Why, hello there gorgeous. We have the beginning of what can only be the steel framing going up for the wings. Lekker, ekse



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Zero doubt anymore. We're getting wiiiings!

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Does this mean we can go dancing, shopping, skydiving, running, mountain climbing, sailing, partying... ... ... ?
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Old December 5th, 2019, 07:13 PM   #179
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Gott. Yassss! All of the above!
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