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Crystal Island

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Crystal Island

credit: Foster + Partners via Wikipedia

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I am a big fan of Norman Foster, but every now and again he surprises with things like the Crystal Tower, proposed for Moscow. The building "will have a range of cultural, exhibition and performance facilities, approximately 3000 hotel rooms and 900 serviced apartments, as well as offices and shops, designed to maintain a dynamic and animated public realm throughout the day." Like all of Foster's work, there will be green aspects:

Dynamic enclosure panels slotted into the structural framing allow daylight to penetrate deep into the heart of the scheme and can be controlled to modify the internal environment – closed in winter for extra warmth and opened in summer to allow natural ventilation. Energy management is at the heart of the design, with additional strategies to include on-site renewable and low-carbon energy generation.

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