Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

The Bioclimatic Tower
2007, University of Nottingham, David Nicholson-Cole & Philip Oldfield
“The theory of skyscraper design might, in the future, be derived in part from the ethic of energy conservation.”                                      - Ken Yeang, The Skyscraper Bioclimatically Considered

With latest figures for climate change predicting an increase in average global temperatures between 1.8 – 4.0°C this century (IPCC, 2007), it is clear what effects our global consumer society is having on the environment. In light of this, the Bioclimatic Tower project seeks to challenge the tall building standard model – the high-energy consuming, air-conditioned glass ‘box’ that exists in countries and sites around the world – and instead explores the potential for environmentally responsive skyscrapers, set within the existing high-rise context of Canary Wharf.

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programmatic brief for each project was derived from site studies and research, with the majority of the towers looking to enrich the overtly commercial area through residential provision. Particular emphasis is placed on tall buildings’ abilities to generate a proportion of their energy on-site from renewables, through harnessing of wind and solar power. The project began with a fieldtrip to London, whilst the normal system of weekly tutorials and design reviews were supplemented by video presentations of the design proposals.

The Bioclimatic Tower final projects incorporate a wide range of design agendas; these include a tower with an integrated wind farm at its summit, a design where occupants can customize their apartment façade using prefabricated technology, designs incorporating schools, gardens, markets, gyms and even temples at height within the building and a vertical university scheme.

Site Studies
Design Reviews
Wind Tunnel Testing


 
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New Urban Vision
 
The Bioclimatic Tower project is set in the future and assumes a push for a higher urban density in the Canary Wharf / Docklands area in London.

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Urban Wind Farm
Adam Chambers & Alex Dale-Jones
 
The initial concept for this mixed-use tower was to lean the building forward to the south, reducing the incidence of unwanted solar gain, whilst at the same time maximizing daylight penetration.

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Twisted Diagrid
Gemma McConnell & Darren Oldfield
 
This scheme’s twisted form is influenced by a number of factors.

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Pixelated Tower
Shishi Lin & Emerson Kong

 
This scheme seeks to challenge the typical homogeneity of single-program tall buildings and instead capture the excitement and diversity offered by accommodating a variety of users.

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Aerofoil Tower
Anna Davies & Robert Starnes
 
This scheme is dictated by a strong desire to generate clean energy through the harnessing of wind power.

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Chamfers  

Chamfers
Arpan Dalal & Milind Khale
 
Acknowledging the negative impact a tall building can have on sites within its shadow, this scheme aims to allow sunlight to penetrate the tower to the street below.

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Vertical Villages
Mark Brighouse & Chris Baldock
 
This project is inspired by the twisting forms and ‘vertical urban design’ of Ken Yeang’s tall building proposals.

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Skygardens
Yang Yu & Yang Gao
 
This proposal consists of lower level office floors and upper level apartments with multi-storey skygardens situated at regular intervals.

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K-Tower
Darius Tafazoli, Yang Li & Hongjie Zhou
 
This scheme has adopted a particularly interesting solution at the ground floor plane.

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Vertical University
Andrew Richards & Nick Fong
 
This scheme – set within the historic site of the former Cannon Workshops building – aims to create a Canary Wharf Business Academy as an extension to the London School of Economics.

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