Quito-based odD+ Architects have designed a residential skyscraper inspired by sunflowers for Ecuador. Taking cues from the rhythmic formations of the plant's seeds and petals, the tower is a direct response to the increasing urbanization of Quito. Aiming to address development patterns that threaten the natural landscape and its endemic species, the project was made to be a vertical ecosystem for the city. Sunflower Tower was made to take advantage of the equatorial luminance of Quito, a city where the sun is positioned at nearly 90 degrees. With very little diversity in seasons, the area’s architecture and high-rise buildings have a direct opportunity to take advantage of the sun. Sunflower Tower was made to utilize its context to become a depository of plant and animal life in the city– attracting pollinators, birds, and bees.
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