Woah, plans are afoot to build this tower above the skyline of Khanty Mansiysk in Siberia. Set high on a hill in a densely wooded area, the tower rises above two podium buildings each faceted like a cut diamond, reflecting and refracting natural light to illuminate the interior. It will be a mixed-use building, providing amenities for the city.
At the summit, a viewing platform and restaurant offer panoramic views over the city. The tower is also designed to be sheltered from the harsh Siberian climate. Key to the energy performance of the building are its atria, designed to facilitate solar gain and to allow daylight to permeate the complex.
Designed by Foster + Partners, the designers says that construction of the tower will be geared to minimize damage to the forested site.
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Via: Jetson Green