Vincent Callebaut has showcased designs for sustainable builds on both land and sea

By Catherine Sturman
With rising populations and increased CO2 emissions worldwide, builders and architects are having to source sustainable, long term alternatives to curre...

With rising populations and increased CO2 emissions worldwide, builders and architects are having to source sustainable, long term alternatives to current practices and revolution in construction technologies and beneficial materials. Taiwan is one of many countries who are leading the way in green building and sustainable construction, at which the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower will be no exception.

Designed by architect Vincent Callebaut through landing first prize in an international competition back in 2010, the tower will be located within the XinYin District in Taipei City, Taiwan. Incorporating over 40 apartments over 21 storeys, the sustainable design has been certified LEED Gold, and will be built to resemble a DNA double helix, with a rotation of 90 degrees, 4.5 degrees per level.

Currently under construction by LKP Design, the building is one of many sustainable builds under construction in the region. The tower will be built predominately with granite and will have the ability to absorb carbon emissions within the atmosphere through the use of 20,000 implanted trees, which will be situated on the external structure. The building will also utilise solar technologies through the implementation of solar panels, in addition to energy saving initiatives, such as the harvesting of rainwater and utilisation of natural lighting throughout the building.

Once completed in September 2017, it is estimated that the sustainable residential building will have the capability to absorb approximately 130 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum and will showcase stunning panoramic views of the city.

Callebaut is also behind the design of underwater eco-villages, providing a future solution for increased populations with the use of sustainable, eco-friendly building. Named Aequorea, the proposed ocean scraper would be situated in Brazil and house up to 20,000 individuals and would be entirely self-sufficient.

Constructed from recycled materials, the building would be entirely sustainable, spanning depths of over a thousand metres and 250 floors. The structure would incorporate communal areas, offices, entertainment and garden areas to grow food, in addition to sea farms. Fresh drinking water would be utilised through the use of a power plant to desalinate water and potential waste. The structure would be able to produce energy through the use of bioluminescence.

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