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Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released in-progress images of their Tao Zhu Yin Yuan sustainable tower, under construction in the Xinjin District of Taipei City, Taiwan. The tower’s rotating form draws inspiration from the double helix structure of DNA and will be covered in 23,000 trees in its aim to become a pioneering sustainable residential eco-construction that finds “the right symbiosis between the human being and the Nature.” After being awarded the project commission in a 2010 competition, Vincent Callebaut Architectures set out to create a building “like an inhabited tree” that could create a fragment of vertical landscape with minimal energy consumption. The design consists of a 20-story tower that completes a 90 degree twist as it rises – a 4.5 degree turn per level. This form was chosen based on four criteria: View more View full description
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