This Giant, Twisting Garden of a Tower Mimics Our Own DNA

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A marriage of microbiology and vertical gardening, Taipei's currently-under-construction Agora Garden will be a twisting, blossoming double helix amplified to massive proportion.

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Designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecte, the residential tower will utilize its rising jungle both in terms of aesthetics and sustainability. In fact, this building will supposedly be one of the most eco-friendly in the city, as it plans to incorporate an orchard, vegetable garden, aromatic and medicinal plant space, and a compost and rainwater capturing system. Additionally, the tower plans to at least partially run on solar energy; a circular light funnel sill push the sun's rays down to the basement, where absorbers can then make use of it as need be.

The design team is (considering the building's form) unsurprisingly happy to escape convention. They describe the building as "neither single tower, nor twin tower" but rather "two helical towers gathering themselves around a central core." The unusual shape of the tower will also provide its inhabitants with an equally unusual view—depending on where you're standing, your view will alter and turn with the structure itself.

The entire project is supposed to be completed by 2016, and with such elaborate, complex, and packed contents, the double helix of its design will make absolute sense. [The Creator's Project via The Verge]

DISCUSSION

Arai-the fly on the wall

There's an article for architect everywhere to ponder about the sustainability of these trees on skyscraper. Shouldn't architect at least do better research on how trees behave on high altitudes before start copy-paste it everywhere?

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/03/skyscraper_with_trees_trend_the_architectural_drawing_fad_is_fantasy.html?fb_ref=sm_fb_share_chunky

But for this case, I don't think it would be too huge a problem seeing that it's still only about 20 stories high.