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Arup and Big design sustainable skyscraper for Shenzen

Consultants Arup with Big architects have designed a 200m high “sustainable” skyscraper for Shenzen Energy Company

Located in the centre of Shenzhen, the 96,000 square meter project will be integrated with the surrounding environment and designed to withstand the tropical climate of the city.

The façade is conceived as a folded skin that shades the office complex from direct sunlight and integrates solar thermal panels, reducing the overall energy consumption of the building.

“The towers are based on an efficient and well-proven floor plan enclosed in a skin specifically modified and optimized for the local climate,” said BIG project leader Andreas Klok Pedersen. “By focusing on the envelope, the façade, we are able to enhance the sustainable performance of the building drastically.”

The façade provides a insulated façade, while blocking the direct sunlight. There are solar thermal heat panels on the outside that power the air conditioning and provide dehumidification for the working spaces.

The combination of minimal passive solar heating and active solar panels reduce the energy consumption by more than 60%. 


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