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Breathing Tower

Tall Buildings Winner: BREATHING TOWER by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Wujiang, China

Project: Breathing Tower
Location: China
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Client: Greenland Group

Poor air quality is an issue addressed by this building, which has a series of operable windows either side of the upper 30 storeys of the office, hotel and residential tower. They open into an atrium which is part of a mixed mode ventilation system. Double skins for the lower south facades and other passive measures including the building’s profile will achieve a significant 60% energy saving.

The judges enthused: ‘A clear winner showing a confident control of form and the mix of uses within. It demonstrates skilful integration within a stimulating and efficient strategy.’

Tall Buildings Commended:

Sanskriti, Sanjay Puri

Project: Sanskriti
Location: India
Architect: Sanjay Puri
Client: Arg Group

One of the first high-rise residential towers in Jaipur, this naturally ventilated building is 27 storeys high with a mix of three- and four-bedroom apartments with large sheltered outdoor balconies shielded from the extreme heat by GRC screens. It is planned on a rotated grid, diagonal to the north-south axis to avoid south-facing rooms, which allows each apartment to face a different direction and have cross ventilation.

The judges noted that: ‘The configuration of apartments promotes cross-ventilation, while orientation creates an instantly recognisable landmark.’

Share an evening with international architects and clients

If you are going to be at MIPIM this year make sure you join us at the annual MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards evening. The dinner is firmly established as the central architecture event of the week in Cannes and is MIPIM’s largest sit-down dinner.

The Future Projects Awards dinner, chaired by Paul Finch, editorial director of the Architectural Review, celebrates new architectural thinking and offers first class hospitality and a perfect opportunity to impress and entertain clients during MIPIM.

To reserve your place contact or call +44 (0)3303 2668 or book online.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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