After writing the initial article on the “Biosmic Egg” a few months ago, I was contacted by the architect, Richard Moreto who shared with me the vision that prompted him to develop this graceful design, as well as more recent pictures. I reproduce here part of his e-mail:
“The design of the tower it is not inspired from any flower as was the statement made before by my interior designer…The original program required two cylindrical towers separated…What I did was to put it together and take advantage of the “Venturi Effect“*and the implementation of aerodynamics lines to make it more effective for the concentration of the wind in the Wind Turbines spots.
So what we have it is not longer the mantra of the modernist ” The form follow the function” and is not longer the mantra of the Postmodernism or Iconoclast ” The function follow the symbol”…This is a new approach of design in Architecture where “The function follows the needs (Functional, Environmental and Cultural)”.
*The Venturi Effect is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section of pipe (in this case there were two towers and for to get the maximum speed of the mass of air across the tower the logic was to located close to each other and design the complete building with aerodynamic shapes plus all the other factors that I wrote in the original narrative of the project. The fluid velocity must increase through the constriction to satisfy the equation of continuity, while its pressure must decrease due to conservation of energy: the gain in kinetic energy is balanced by a drop in pressure or a pressure gradient force”.
In character with the concept of Vertical Planning, “the structure itself acts like a living organism with its wind and atmospheric energy conversion systems and photovoltaic exterior sheathing that allow natural air into the interior without mechanical intervention. The lobular arch shape of The Wind Tower meanwhile can easily dispel loads from top to bottom. The design offers the stability and aerodynamic properties necessary for structures of such heights.”
This is the alternative to “vast, energy-consuming machines.”
In the case of large commercial and office structures, the combination of green design techniques and clever technology can not only reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, but also reduce running costs, create a more pleasant living, recreation, and working environment, improve peoples’ health and productivity, reduce legal liability, and boost property values and rental returns.