Green skyscraper will have 'steel-like' concrete skin
Paris-based architect Jacques Ferrier was at the AIA Show in San Antonio earlier this month to show off his latest concept for a “green” mixed-use skyscraper, called Hypergreen.
The design, which was recently submitted for a project competition in Paris, incorporates a curving lattice façade made of ultra-high-performance concrete that will act as the building’s primary structural system. The thin, prefabricated concrete members will free the interior structure from any wind-bracing functions, reducing the number of columns required to support the floor plates.
BD+C Managing Editor Dave Barista talked with Ferrier about his “Hypergreen” prototype in an exclusive BD+C podcast. Download the podcast at:
Hypergreen building facts
Height: 246 meters
* Geothermal heat pumps
* Photovoltaic panels
* Wind turbines
* Earth cooling tubes
* Vegetated sky lobbies
* Roof garden
* Rainwater recovery
* Highly flexible and adaptable floor plates
* High-performance concrete exoskeleton made of Ductal  from Lafarge
* Interior frame structure built with precast reinforced concrete