[ISOVER BLOG] Think of a tall building and what comes to mind? Do you imagine a concrete residential tower block, an iconic landmark such as the Empire State Building or the record-breaking Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai?
Tall buildings have captured our imagination for hundreds of years, with the earliest examples dating back to the Middle Ages as engineers of the time aimed high with ambitious towers constructed of heavy block stone. The term skyscraper was coined in the 1880’s shortly after the earliest tall buildings were constructed in the United States including the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, the first multi-storey building to be supported by a steel structure.
Over 100 buildings of 200m or taller will be completed around the world in 2010
Thanks to advances in technology and engineering, we are now seeing more ambitious tall buildings being constructed around the world and, according to the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, over 100 buildings of 200m or taller will be completed around the world in 2010. As a result, there is an increasing emphasis on sustainability as architects and developers seek to create thriving communities which extend and intensify the urban experience.
The density, diversity of use and significant development potential of Greenwich South offers a rare opportunity to experiment with sustainability solutions on a district-wide scale, which is why we have chosen it as the backdrop for this year’s designs. On a practical level, the building must be designed in accordance with Isover Multi-Comfort principles encompassing Passive House performance levels to create a sustainable multi-use tower. However, how it looks is up to you and we look forward to seeing your interpretations of the brief.
We’ll be offering lots of advice throughout the competition such as the online lecture from the University of Nottingham’s Philip Oldfield, now available to view under the ‘resources’ section. We’ll also be online at 13.00 on 3 December to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!
- Helen Tunnicliffe is Marketing Manager of Saint-Gobain Isover