Harnessing Energy

Scott Duncan
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago

SOM’s holistic design approach—which integrates architectural design, structural engineering, and sustainable engineering services—has produced some of Asia’s most striking and green tall buildings. The Pertamina Energy Tower, the centerpiece of the Jakarta headquarters of the Indonesian state-owned energy company, is the world’s first supertall tower with energy as the primary design driver, with features such as a crown with a ‘wind funnel’ that generates energy, sun shades that mitigate solar heat gain and optimize daylighting, a covered walkway topped with photovoltaics, and a central energy plant that draws on local geothermal resources to target netzero. The Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, completed in 2013, also places energy use at the core of its innovative design. The tower’s iconic design channels wind to power turbines embedded in the building, and a suite of sustainable features make it one of the first LEED® Platinum–certified supertall buildings in the world.

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