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Bios Tower

Enrico Tognoni and Davide Mariani
CodingCity Lab

The Bios Tower attempts to address the future of the skyscraper, particularly its environmental and social aspects. The main façade is a performative skin that filters solar radiation, guaranteeing optimal exposition to daylight and reducing the wind load on the facades. Wind turbines on the rooftop contribute to the building’s energy needs. The building's shape, meanwhile, is influenced by an important urban element: the grid. To accommodate diverse needs of occupants, the steel frame system allows for flexibility in the organization of the interior spaces, while also making possible different types of apartment units. The meeting places and opportunity for public or commercial services for tenants in the lower part of the building give back to the city's social fabric.

The skyscraper's form, says its designers, "is the result of bioclimatic, social, and aesthetic considerations." The sculptural plinth gives way to a more sober platonic form, faced on two sides by a performative skin. The narrow sides integrate wind turbines in their elevations.

Elevation of the tower's performative curtain wall that filters solar radiation, thereby improving indoor comfort.

The wind turbines "hidden" at the top of the tower form help meet the building's energy needs.

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