Date:24 June 2014
So you thought Dubai’s 828 metre-tall Burj Khalifa was the last word in skyscrapers? Think again. At an astonishing 1 km high, the proposed Phoenix Towers in Wuhan (the “City of a Thousand Lakes”) will be the world’s tallest building. The project is one of four master plans being developed in the region by British firm Chetwoods Architects with the Hua Yan Group. Oh, and the towers will be pink. Ish.
According to the people behind the concept, the innovative technological features and “symbiotic relationship” of the two towers will work to recycle and clean water and air to actively contribute to a reduction in local pollution. They will cover seven hectares of a 47 ha site, located on an island in a lake.
Pink façade aside, this will be a very green development. The architects are talking about everything from rainwater harvesting to very large biomass boilers and evaporative cooling, power from photovoltaics and wind turbines… and some ideas, it must be said, that border on the weird. Okay, we can live with controlled habitats for rare species and waterborne wildlife, but would you believe “insect hotels”?