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We have seen building designs shaped to suit
the surrounding natural landscape, and building
designs based on sustainability. The remarkable
elements of the Pearl River Tower by Skidmore,
Owings and Merrill (SOM) combine both.
Incorporating the latest green technology and
engineering advancements, the 213,700sqm Pearl
River Tower is one of the world’s most energy-
efficient skyscrapers. It was developed through an
understanding of solar and wind patterns around
the site, taking serious advantage of a commodity
we have by the truckload in WA – wind.
The sculpted body of the south facing 309m-tall
tower has been shaped to capitalise on the
elements by facing the wind and directing it to
a pair of openings at its mechanical floors.
Travelling winds then push turbines that generate
energy for the building. Photovoltaic panels also
ensure heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
systems remain powered, while rotating,
motorised louvres on the facade provide
fresh-air ventilation and keep the building cool.
Solar panels, a double-skin curtain wall,
a chilled ceiling system, under-floor ventilation,
and daylight harvesting are a number of additional
sustainable elements that warrant the recognition
this building deserves for sustainability.
Perth is well known as a centre for yachting
for very good reason – wind is a natural resource
and is available in large amounts for most of the
year. With our winter storms and the Fremantle
Doctor in the summer afternoons, Perth is in
a prime position to benefit from sustainable
building elements similar to Pearl River Tower.
The city grid is inclined by about 15 degrees off
north toward the east, so it would only require
a slight deviation from the side boundaries for the
southern face of any building to face a sculptured
opening into the direction of the dominant wind.
This configuration makes a lot of sense if
the acoustic concerns can be addressed, which
has to be easier to achieve where the turbines are
in an enclosed space rather than configured as
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