From efficiency to sufficiency: Towards the green high-rise building
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This project challenges the usual consumption of conception of the CBD as a cluster of HRSB. Instead of individual tall building, we have single building which acts as a vertical city. This building is 60 storeys high tower, with a rectangular floor plate of 150mx90m. The building volume is increased so as to provide more green and public spaces in the building itself. The distances between the different functions are decreased in order to reduce the travel time. The lifestyle has been changed by turning the horizontal traffic into the vertical building circulation. The single footprint leave large open spaces free on the ground level, and this allows the people of central Beijing to fully enjoy an abundance of green spaces. It will not only to save land and reduce the social and economic problems by possible future demolishment, and also provide a new lifestyle which is quite different to the traditional urban life. Residents could enjoy the convenience of the city and a truly low-carbon life. Residents could go to work just by walking, using lift or taking the convenient subway. People could enjoy the high-end art exhibition, shopping, dining and entertainment in the same place as they live; other occupants and overseas visitors could easily arrive there by taking trains from any city in China connected to more than a dozen subway lines in Beijing. People could take the subway directly from the commercial area in the basement, to their next destination after having finished shopping. Visitors would not even know what the building looks like from the outside. Private vehicles will be allowed, apart from 2,000 parking spaces for the hotel, the other 2000 are all commercial used parking spaces. This building will integrate all of the relevant facilities, such as working, living, entertainment, retail and other needs of everyday life. The time saved from travel would indeed improve people's quality of life, while being both environmentally friendly and comfortable.