Wind Powered Affordable Housing in London
What a pleasure to show a green residential project that is not an expensive condo in New York or Dubai. Instead it is a sixty-six unit building of affordable apartments in ratty Ramsgate Street in Dalston, London, designed by Waugh Thistleton. It is an airfoil shape to concentrate the greatest wind speed to the spline of the building, where four vertical axis turbines are mounted and will generate 15% of the buildings load, saving seven tonnes of CO2 each year. Dezeen says "The tower is a bold design statement, introducing a new aesthetic to the area. It goes beyond being environmentally accountable and providing the community with much-needed facilities, to a building that both projects and epitomises the area’s aspirations and potential."
"Waugh Thistleton, established in 1997, is an architect practice based in Shoreditch. The two directors, Andrew Waugh and Anthony Thistleton, employ ten staff all boldly striving to make beautiful, intellectually rigorous, environmentally responsible architecture; responsive to client, context and brief. Projects range from high-rise housing, through to mixed-use, public, and commercial buildings. Clients include Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Artists, Synagogues and Cinemas." ::Dezeen