“Whopping Bubble” – A Technosphere by James Law Cybertecture will be launched shortly as the centrepiece of eight-square-mile Dubai's Technopark, an information technology park currently under construction in the heart of the emirate's industrial zone. The building will be an iconic symbol and will shine as a crown jewel of the Technopark city, hence the name ‘Technosphere’. Its innovative globe shape differs it from the conventional buildings, and is likely to attract tourists.
This Technosphere is designed by famous architect James Law from James Law Cybertecture. He is well-known for his work in ‘Cybertecture‘, which is a combination of advanced technologies, architecture, and multimedia experiences for users.
Replica of the Earth
This sustainable spherical building replicates the earth as a structural concept and also reflects the state of our planet in current and future times. Inside the eco-sphere is an entire world which serves as a vehicle to explore the issues of self-sustaining life on a smaller level.
Sustainable Techniques of Technos
Constructed as a mixed-use building, technosphere provides office and residential space as well as a hotel and public courtyards. Technosphere would be a carbon-neutral building to live and work. Technosphere will follow many sustainable technologies and energy-saving systems to lower the building’s carbon footprint.
The Technosphere has several key technology systems and architectural spaces that will enable the building to generate a self breathing environment. Technosphere will also be provided with water recycling and air-purifying (or “self-breathing”) gardens as highlighted components. This living, breathing building operates in a similar fashion to the Earth itself, providing energy, recycling water, and providing sustenance to its occupants
An intelligently distributed array of sky gardens for offices and hotel not only gives a outdoor terrace advantage to the occupants but also provide passive solar shielding from the sun to regulate the interior temperature and reduce the energy needed to artificially to heat or cool the building. The natural green plantation of the sky garden filters the air to contribute fresh oxygen to the indoor environment.
The water recycling system will minimize the use and wastage of water in this vast building.
Yet another skyscraper surfaces on London’s skyline - “Strata SE1” at Elephant and Castle. Strata SE1 is a 43-story Tower with a height of 147 metres (485 ft) and a five-story Pavilion which features 408 high-quality apartments along with space for shops and restaurants. Strata Towers is the first building in the world to incorporate wind turbines directly into its structure, and is also tallest residential building in central London. It is also dubbed “Razor”, since its structure resembles the shape of electric shaving razor.
This architectural landmark is designed by BFLS, formally known as Hamiltons. The Strata Towers is glazed entirely with high performance Low-E architectural glass. Large glass surfaces of the building raise internal building temperatures and promote the “heat island” effect in cities. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each apartment give a breathtaking view of the surroundings and operable windows provide natural daylight to the residents. Energy efficiency measures at the building include using a natural, “whole house” ventilation system (with heat recovery) instead of air-conditioning – a feasible approach given the island nation’s mild climate, which ranges from about 0ºC (32°Fahrenheit) in winter to a balmy 32ºC (89.6° Fahrenheit) in summer.
Sustainable features also include heating systems, low energy lighting and 96 percent recycling of construction waste. Wind Turbines The tower avails full advantage of the area’s 35mph of south-west wind speed. Wind turbines use five 30 ft. diameter and 19 kW blades instead of three as in conventional turbines, to minimize noise. Each blade configures to 9 m length and 30 ft. diameter. Four anti-vibration dampeners help alleviate vibrations to the building. Three building-integrated wind turbines in this building generate 8% of the total electricity needs of the building, roughly enough to run the electrical and mechanical services (including three express lifts and automated window-cleaning rigs) as well as the lighting, heating and ventilation of its public spaces, which include an underground car and bicycle park. The turbines are designed to rely on the Venturi effect (the Bernoulli principle as applied to fluid dynamics), which increases wind velocities as a result of a building’s height, shape and adjacent terrain to generate approximately 50MWh of electricity annually.