a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES' sustainable observation tower concept

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES' sustainable observation tower concept

guided by principles of sustainable design, NUDES has conceived of a net-zero energy observatory tower. the concept, called ‘solar tree’, explores the notion of a modular architecture composed of prefabricated ‘cells’, where people can enjoy views of the surrounding landscape. similarly to the studio’s forest school proposal, the project is characterized by a cylindrical form and an array of projecting balconies.

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

the ‘solar tree’ is governed by net zero design principles to combat climate change

images courtesy of NUDES

 

 

the vertical core consists of a circular ramp that connects to an orbicular corridor, leading into individual observatory cells. these cells are rotated and stacked to create a dynamic assembly that offers varied vistas and experiences at every level. each modular, prefabricated ‘cell’ consists of projecting balconies that allow visitors to step out of the tower’s skin and absorb the landscape devoid of any visual barriers. NUDES has also imagined these cells to house lightweight ‘solar leaves’, which could potentially contribute to net-zero energy requirements.

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

the project explores the concept of a vertical, modular and ‘leafy’ observatory tree tower

 

 

the ‘tree’ aims to address sustainable design initiatives governed by net-zero design principles to combat climate change. the top of the tower is capped by a sky deck and an all weather glass pod. the top floor offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the breathtaking landscape.

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

these cells are rotated and stacked to create a dynamic assembly that offers varied vistas and experiences at every level

 

 

the project is conceived as a composite steel and wood structural assembly. these prefabricated modular cells can be deployed and erected on site. the cells are stacked vertically to create a composite structural system in synergy with the central steel core consisting of the ramp and corridors. in essence, the ‘tree’ aims to create an iconic observatory tower that’s in sync with nature.

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

cells house lightweight ‘solar leaves’ that generate energy

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

the core consists of a circular ramp and corridor that leads to individual viewing cells

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

view of the central core with light and shadow patterns

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a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

section / elevation

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

prefabricated modular cells can be deployed and erected on site

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

layouts

a façade of 'solar leaves' forms NUDES observation tower concept designboom

component array

 

 

project info:

 

project name: the solar tree

architect: NUDES

design team: nuru karim, salai v, aditya jain, anuj modi

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