Greenest of Green Buildings Explored at Pearl River Tower
South facade design shows the enviromental orientation. Photo: BWPI
Barry Wilson is introducing Pearl River Tower to students. Photo: BWPI
Staff in the building is explaining more details to students. Photo: BWPI
The spiral pillar of Pearl River Tower. Photo: BWPI
Zhujiang New Town in Guangzhou has a collection of some of the worlds’ most stunning buildings all collected together around one plaza, incorporating Guangzhou Library and Opera House, Guangdong Museum, the IFC Tower and the recently completed CTF Tower. This Architects’ dream regularly features as a study destination and one of the “jewels in the crown”, the Pearl River Tower, is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.
During their tour in Guangzhou, Barry Wilson and the architectural engineering students from Penn State University visited the Pearl River Tower, designed by SOM, to understand its advanced features, including an array of intelligent cooling systems and renewable energy generators. Completed in March 2011, 71-stories and 309.6 m tall, the building focuses on an integrated design approach between engineering and architectural systems. And is a must see for any student of green building technologies.