solar-powered skyscraper planned for melbourne by peddle thorp
 

solar-powered skyscraper planned for melbourne by peddle thorp

 

plans have been unveiled for a solar-powered skyscraper in the australian city of melbourne. the high-rise apartment building will be clad with photovoltaic cells, designed to store off-the-grid power for its residents. the 60-storey building seeks to capitalize on the country’s abundant supply of sunlight, and has been shaped in accordance with the sun’s daily movement from east to west. the 520-unit tower has been designed by architecture firm peddle thorp.

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the tower has been shaped in accordance with the sun’s daily movement
images courtesy of ICR property group

 

 

ICR property group, the organization representing the developer, say that planning documents have been submitted for the building, which would be sited in melbourne’s southbank neighborhood — 1 kilometer south of the city’s central business district. according to the sydney morning herald, high-tech solar materials will be sourced from china, with wind turbines fitted to the roof, and low-energy LED lighting used throughout.

 

the façade is expected to comprise about 3,000 square metres of panels, with an extra 300 square meters on the roof. the building’s current design would provide more than 50% of the tower’s base load power. ‘the objective will be to have a complete off-grid building,’ said peter brook, director at peddle thorp. ‘that’s probably somewhat over-ambitious but the objective is to get as far as we can down that road.’ lower levels of the scheme will house commercial offices, shops, and car parking. residences start on the 11th storey, at some distance from the freeway below.

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