Did you ever think that an apartment building could act as an environment cleanser? With the kind of technical advancements the world of today is witnessing, anything is possible. A live example is the Asian capital city of Taipei in Taiwan. It will foresee the construction of Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower, a creation of Paris-based Vincent Callebaut architectures. This is no common building you can find everywhere. It’s a carbon dioxide absorbing and pollution controlling high-rise, which is largely covered by 23,000 trees and shrubs. According to estimates from the architects, they have the potential to absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. This is equivalent to the emissions produced by 27 cars. Fascinating, isn’t it?
When it comes to greenery, Taipei’s carbon-eating Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower doesn’t need to hide its light under a bushel
This special, one-of-a-kind tower is a 21-storey apartment complex that has been designed in a twisted manner to appear as a DNA strand – a double helix twisting 90 degrees from base to top. Mr. Vincent Callebaut, the brain behind the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower project, believes that global warming can be effectively fought through carbon absorption and energy saving. He proudly calls himself as an Archibiotect (Architect + Biotechnologist + Technologist), a term he coined for himself. His architectural projects aim to strike an ecological balance between the humans and the ecosystem. Unique concepts, such as this eco-friendly architectural design, are the need of the hour.
The concept is to have an eco-design in every aspect of the landscape design. According to the planning, natural lighting and sufficient ventilation play an important role. Additionally, the complex features systems to recycle organic waste and used water as well as rainwater. A rooftop photovoltaic plant partially powers the building with clean electricity.
Carefully placed jardinières decorate the sustainable apartment tower
On the subject of greenery and urban farming, Callebaut’s twisted carbon-eating high-rise does not need to hide its light under a bushel. The Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower is to have wide planted balconies and suspended orchards, organic vegetable gardens, aromatic and other medicinal gardens. All the construction and furnishing materials are to be selected through recycled and/or recyclable labels. By doing this, a natural ecosystem is to be created and a symbiotic nature achieved.
Rainwater pipes will enable waste water recycling in situ
Taipei’s Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower, covered by a perimeter wall, is coiled up in the center with a heavy and luxuriant safe forest of mature trees that protects the inhabitants from the surrounding urban population. Its outline boldly displays a cascade of suspended gardens covering the entire building. Along the periphery of each apartment, carefully placed jardinières decorate the sustainable apartment tower. These are designed in such a manner that they can be used for varied plantations like organic vegetables, flowers, and aromatic plants. Connecting them to the rainwater pipes will ensure recycling in situ. Furthermore, the rainwater is purified through the plants’ action and brought back into the ecology by gravity. The kind of lush green environment is a proof in itself of the amount of carbon dioxide that will be eliminated from the environment.
Ascending parts of the balconies being open air will benefit by receiving maximum sunshine to foster in particular the cultivation of subtropical trees, which provide shade spaces for relaxing. The descending part only partially captures sun rays what is still adequate to plant some kinds of flowers and vegetables.
Many details of the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower design are aimed at reducing the risk of global warming as well as protecting the nature and its biodiversity. This way, it is possible to protect natural resources and improve the quality of life greatly. It means that a self-sustainable environment, where human beings interact naturally with nature without causing harm, will be achieved. Thus, it is set to realize the dream of the masses to stay in a safe and eco-friendly environment.
If such kind of innovation and unique solutions are achieved in every aspect of our lives, we can effectively prevent the kind of hostile environment that we are set to create for our future generations.