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Green skyscraper will have 'steel-like' concrete skin

Green skyscraper will have 'steel like' concrete skin

May 31, 2007 |

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
Green features:

* Geothermal heat pumps

* Photovoltaic panels

* Wind turbines

* Earth cooling tubes

* Vegetated sky lobbies

* Roof garden

* Rainwater recovery

* Highly flexible and adaptable floor plates

* Deconstructability 
Structural system:

* High-performance concrete exoskeleton made of Ductal from Lafarge

* Interior frame structure built with precast reinforced concrete

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