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Old Posted Jul 29, 2011, 7:07 PM
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SNCI Tower New York
New York City, United States

A project by: solus4, Tangram 3DS LLC
About solus4

Solus4 is an Architecture, Interior, and Planning design and research firm. We operate as a core group collaborative on a global platform. While our work varies widely in scale, style, and location, we bring the wealth of our combined experience and targeted expertise to each and every project to evaluate Architecture

An iconic 950 foot tall residential tower is a vertical neighborhood designed by solus4 architects and planners using their SNCI principals (Sustainable Neighborhood Collaborative Initiative). There are 50 full-floor three bedroom plus apartments at 3,000 square feet each. The distinctive shape comes from its structure and energy systems. The exterior glazing makes up one of the tallest proposed hybrid double glazed skins. While the initial intent of the double skin is to enhance the thermal barrier, an interesting added benefit will be the chimney effect at the external surface. Strategically placed mini-turbines take advantage of the vertical air movement to generate supplementary power. Balconies at each floor provide exterior space for the resident while adding a variable shading screen to further control glare and heat gain.

The 950 foot tall blade mast is cantilevered off the concrete frame. Its entire outside surface as well as certain portions of the exterior glazing is covered with transparent thin film photo voltaic panels projected to provide – in combination with other passive and active sustainable systems, the majority of the power requirement for the building. Keeping to the SNCI principles for energy savings strategies, the building will have no parking except for several all-electric vehicles garaged on-site and owned and operated by the common ownership of the residences.

The balconies, in addition to providing living space and shading, also act as rainwater collectors adding to the grey water recycling system. Along with fully integrated energy management systems, each apartment will have its own mini-plant. The street level base of the tower will include a multi level common social space including neighborhood retail and food outlets, mini-produce market, terraced cafes, recreation, gym, swimming, museum/gallery space and office/studio space for residents placing the owners in the forefront of low impact and sustainable communities.
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