A Valencia-based architectural practice Fran Silvestre Arquitectos have designed this striking tower devoted to the wind which ‘combines renewable energy that feeds the city and its facilities with electricity, without needing other resources.’
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‘A landmark which modifies its proportions depending on the viewpoint and the effect of the sunlight; revealing an element in a constant evolution. An engraved tower devoted to the wind. An emblem which reveals the intense light and the powerful wind to appraise the positive view of a society which has always taken advantage of the surrounding elements.’
‘The arrangement of the vertical communications and the fact that they are connected bestow it with a good structural performance. The pressure of the wind is always dimmed by a rigid nucleus, whereas the orientation and the shape of the geometry allow it to change the prevailing wind into power. The vertical axis wind turbines are arranged in the curve areas which connect the communication cores.
‘Both the wind turbines and the panoramic lifts are covered by an openwork metallic skin which being permeable to the wind together with the views confer a monolithic appearance to the structure. The construction is developed in an obvious and simple way thanks to the fast-speed climbing casings which make possible to materialize the built as an icon.’