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Self-sufficient skyscraper planned for Madrid

A skyscraper designed to generate the power to meet its own energy needs is being planned in Spain.

The Faceted Ecological Skyscraper in Madrid will feature solar panels and wind turbines to produce enough energy to offset 40% of its consumption.

Eco-architect Addler Elizalde Lozano’s self-sufficient development on the banks of the Manzanares River will offer a mixture of residential accommodation, hotels, commercial units and recreational spaces.

Folding solid planes will stop excessive heat penetrating the building, offering relief from the country’s hot climate, while natural light and air will flood in through the open central core and multiple small openings.

At ground level, a pathway will weave its way across the site, complemented by an urban plaza for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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