Four "Tropical Skyscapers" Commissioned To Keep Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ Nice and Shady

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Steven Holl Architects' winning design from the "4 Tower in 1" competition calls for a quartet of towers to be built around the brand new Shenzhen Stock Exchange and its surrounding plaza.

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The four buildings in the complex have a variety of features typical of environmentally friendly and sustainable structures of recent, and the kind we may see in the future.

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Rooftop garden ponds to recycle rainwater, solar tracking screens around the buildings' exterior and circular footprints for the towers, enabling wide-open social spaces to face the sun. And of course the position of the buildings, arranged in a horizontal linking pattern so they double as giant sun umbrellas for the Stock Exchange. The buildings will be linked by underground rail as well, so the only time you'll have to venture outside is to partake in all the rooftop garden festivities. [designboom]

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Sean Godos

Funny when designers call for "green" things and splash around key words like recycling this and solar that, the final product is always over budget.

Somewhat related rant:

The $23k Toyota Prius is actually a $12k Yaris with a few few upgrades and batteries. People will think, golly G, I can save 35% of my gas bill we will have more money. So they spend an extra 12 thousand for a car that's going to "save" money for a few years. Do they consider that just the first year of usage will degregate the batteries to no longer allow the 44MPG rating? Every year the batteries will fade and so will your savings in MPG. Do they know that the battery system will not last long? Do they think that within 5-7 years they will need to spend $3000 for replacement batteries? What will they do with hundreds of pounds of dead batteries?

I'm tired of companies making anything "green" that is overpriced and only appears green. Ahem, Apple.

Rant over.