Daily Dose: Eco-Tower

Add to TwitterKenneth Loh and Michelle Lim have designed a spiraling eco-tower that they envision to be the future of sustainable urban environments. The towers act as their own mini-communities, containing residential, office, commercial, garden and open space all wrapped around a hollow center. Could this be the new direction of our cities?

Eco Tower; Image courtesy of inhabitat.com

The hollowed middle of Loh and Lim’s eco tower is the primary factor in the community’s sustainability. It draws hot air up and out of the building, takes in cool air from the bottom and keeps the entire structure well-ventilated by circulating air from exterior open spaces. Solar cells on tower’s exterior provide energy and rainwater is collected and stored in an underground cistern.

Eco Tower; Image courtesy of inhabitat.com

It looks pretty stunning to boot – and would be more likely to avoid a “cookie cutter” label, seeing as the outside of each tower changes with the cultivation of its gardens. What do you think? Could you live somewhere like the eco-tower? Would it foster or hinder a sense of community?

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