At first glance, the newly commissioned 55-story high-rise building of the Greenland Center by Skidmore, Owings & Merril is no different from the rest of the skyscrapers that fill downtown Beijing.
However, upon closer examination, you begin to understand that it was not without high technology. The glazed facade of the building is made using the bas-relief technique and consists of two types of trapezoidal glass modules, which in a special way refract light inside and outside.
The company's designers have created an elegant, eye-catching tower that combines simplicity of form, light and shadow. In cloudy weather, the tower accumulates daylight and then illuminates the surrounding space with it.
SOM representatives claim that the trapezoidal glass façade elements increase the thermal protection of the building and significantly reduce heat from the sun's rays, in contrast to flat glass facades. The ultimate goal is to achieve a 30% reduction in energy and water consumption compared to existing buildings.
To this end, the Greenland Center employs several energy-efficient technologies in addition to the glass façade, including variable speed pumps for heating and cooling, evaporative cooling systems, and well-proven heat pumps.