Date
20 September 2017
Chetwoods Architects imagines a towering green design concept for Wuhan. Photo: Chetwoods
Chetwoods Architects imagines a towering green design concept for Wuhan. Photo: Chetwoods

UK architects hit on towering eco-concept for Wuhan

When they’re done, they’ll be 1 kilometer high, the tallest in the world and the centerpiece of an effort to turn the mainland city of Wuhan into an environmental center of the future.

British architectural firm Chetwoods has conjured up a vision of two bridge-like towers for a 47-hectare island site in a Wuhan lake.

“Phoenix Towers will be an iconic landmark within an ambitious environmental master plan for Wuhan,” the company said on its website. 

“Each tower will have a unique personality and attributes: the Feng tower will lean towards the commercial zone, the Huang tower towards the cultural and recreational zone.”

The towers will be at the heart of a scheme to turn the city’s lakes into a “Green Wall of China” tourist destination. The focus will be on sustainability, with the towers generating their own renewable power. They will also feature photovoltaic cladding, thermal chimneys, suspended air gardens, wind turbines, water harvesting, and waste recycling. 

Studio founder Laurie Chetwood told Dezeen magazine that work will start on the site “within the next year and take at least three years to complete”.

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