This work of art will be outfitted with the latest in sustainable energy producing generators. For the beacon of light it was keen to utilize today’s technology yet to stay current and to think ahead for tomorrows emerging technologies. To usher in the first skyscraper into the skyline of Stockholm Creating a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity and highly specialized engineering was tantamount.
Turbines Savonius wind turbines are the first feature that most will notice first. Their low impact in the aesthetics of the building was important as most people wouldn’t want an imposing turbine obscuring the view of their city. Although in the past savonius turbines have had disadvantages being a VAWT or vertical axis wind turbine. it suffered from low efficiency. With emerging technologies and the advent of highly sophisticated Aeronautic Elastics the weight of the “blades”, the wind catching part of the turbines, have greatly decreased. in other words making them more efficient. Other problems in design limited most turbines include horizontal axis turbines to be turning rotors which in turn would crank a generator then producing electricity. This method has served great purpose but a tremendous amount of kinetic energy is being lost. An emerging technology already implemented in power grids, locomotives and shipping yards, and even N.A.S.A, known as “Fly-Wheel” technology can store all kinetic energy and turn that into usable electricity, that can be stored if there is surplus or put out on the grid if in demand the greatest benefit though is the Fly-Wheels potential. Ultimately the turbines will create electricity continuously even at low wind speeds of even a few miles per hour being an ideal solution to what has been in the past a power hungry building.
Smart grid technology computerizes and maintains building awareness. Imagine a smart computer able to detect where energy is needed and to directly supply those demands. It’s now possible. With a smart building grid energy waste is a thing of the past only suppling electricity to areas is demand its is able to throttle the buildings total electrical consumption on a day by day basis.
Water is a precious commodity around the globe and this building does its part by recycling rain. Located around the buildings site is natural water run off system that collects rain water and recycles it in the fountains and for irrigation.
The building promise to the future is paramount. Nobody likes buying a new computer and then in two months if not less it becomes obsolete. The Beacon of light is embracing the future utilizing glass around the structure which hosts a myriad of possibilities. Such as nano-solar sprays that can turn existing glass into solar absorbing panels that will help aliviate more of the electric consumption. The gaps between the two towers also serve to host new more innovative designs for the future of Wind power, the list goes on.
Over all the Beacon of Light is just that, a beacon to all who aspire to innovation something that everyone wants to be a part of, learns from, and takes with them spreading Global awareness is the true potential of green energy interactivity and hospitality.
A grand opening into the depths of the Aurora towers is a breathtaking example of progressive architecture. Showcasing influences from ecological design as well as minimalism, high-tech, expressionism and neo functionalism all trends in modern Swedish architecture; bringing emphasis and a global focus to the progressive nature of the country of Sweden.
Three floors of retail space sprawled out in a natural design to invigorate shoppers and the public. A luxurious shopping experience is promised with dramatic double height entry galleries with beautiful glass and locally obtained limestone finishes. Elevators and steps dedicated for retail offer to enhance pedestrian circulation.
Coffee shops, restaurants, shopping and more make the lobby and the first three floors a public paradise for all who visit. The lobby of the Aurora towers is designed with security in mind integrating a security management system for store owners as well as the well being of the public. With eco-friendliness as a goal the integration of low impact lighting and smart HVAC systems, optimal insulation techniques, as well as clear well thought out environmental integrity, this goal has not only been met but surpassed.
Helix Design Inc. is an architecture firm that provides a full spectrum of services to our clients. With Emphasis on the future, our firm specializes in the incorporation of renewable energy sources, ergonomic design, and provoking aesthetics that entice the public in our works. Our Drive is for designs that are timeless in their appeal for the long-term benefits of our clients and the built environment.
The function of a building should not be limited to that. Interaction with architecture brings a new perspective that entices imagination making a building more than a work-place but a piece of working art.
A city littered with music and art, with new and exciting performances or exhibitions open weekly, this is the city of Stockholm. Thrilling nights, giving even the late night partier ample time to find their club of choice, most doesn’t close till 5am. A European city that never sleeps, with a night life very seldom found in other cities that can even come close to Stockholm’s.
Over the last fifteen years the gastronomic explosion or restaurant boon in Stockholm has given it an international nod for being one of the most assorted and tasteful cities of the world. Every pallet can be satisfied, whether it be traditional Swedish, or fusion leaving no one behind because Stockholm is melting pot of culinary creativity.
Music has been a strong point of Stockholm giving it global recognition. Concerts and events from the large to the intimate setting satisfy any audiophile’s needs. Year round live performances by international performers from every genre, classical to jazz, hip-hop to dance and death metal keep the clubs packed. Whatever the noise whatever music tugs at the strings in a persons’ heart, the clubs such as Berns, Nalen, Faching, Mosebake, and Debaser will always have something new to experience: giving Stockholm the title of Cultural Capital of Scandinavia.
With a subway that acts more like an art gallery Stockholm has the “the world’s longest art gallery.” Literally everywhere street are is found in every direction, yet is concentrated in the underbelly of the city, under bridges, underground rail stations because street art in Stockholm tends to not last long in the open. Popular modern icons such as Hop Louie known for political stencils got his start in the streets of Stockholm only recently going main stream and now having not only his own website but exhibition. Artists and authorities clash heads on the ongoing debate that is street art. Is it art? Or is it Vandalism. No answers here, but what are the boundaries of freedom of speech and criminal damage. At the end of the day this tug of war match is about ownership of public domain.
Stockholm, a city just over 700 years old spreading across 14 islands facing proudly into the Baltic Sea giving the option to see the city by water. Offering more than 70 museums in Stockholm, the royal opera and ballet, 57 theaters two dance theaters 96 movies theaters and a number of concert halls churches and art galleries could take it a life time to absorb all that is to offer.
During the medieval era, areas of Stockholm such as Gamla Stan or old town thrived with architecture. Gamla Stran’s oldest building Briger Jarl Tower, dates from the 13th century. Well preserved due to the sparing of the city during the onslaught of the two world wars. Stockholm was extremely rural well into the 19th century.
The Gustavian style entered into the late 18th century sene Sweden. Named after King Gustaf III it embodied his cultural interests and passions that resulted in a golden age of architecture and design. Very restrained compared to the likes of the French of the time, utilizing pine, and paints in light colors.
At the turn of the century when the number of people moving to Stockholm increased drastically an expedited building era began. Nationalism and classicism were common styles. Ragnar Ostberg built Stockholm’s world famous City hall.
Swedish Grace attracted loads of attention between 1900 and 1930, because it emphasized detail. Craftsmen, architects, and artists worked together manipulating wood glass textiles and metal into beautiful design. Stylish entrances utilizing gates, doors and ornate handles and banisters garnished these buildings. Liljevalach’s art gallery designed by Carl Bergsten, is one such example.
A controversial period of Stockholm’s architectural history was the 60’s. Obvious tendencies and trends contributed to large parts of the 19th century Klara quarter in the City being demolished. The construction of the Stockholm underground, which is famous for being the world’s longest work of art, commenced in the 40s. Many Swedish designers and architects have left their mark on stations all over the city. The most recent extension was in the 70s.
Finally today architecture in Stockholm has returned to the Swedish Modern Style. Utilizing what most would say is the 90’s functionalist architecture.
Gracing the skyline in Malmo Sweden is Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s Turning torso building. The tower's design is based on a white marble sculpture of a twisting human being.The building opened in 2005 including its 54 stories and when it finished it became the tallest building in Scandinavia and the tallest residential building in Europe. This spiraling tower turns 90 degrees and is composed of 9 box units each consisting of five floors.
There are 147 apartments that range from 45 square meters to 190 square meters. Every apartment has a unique layout depending on the location of the unit in the twisting structure. Entrance halls of torso’s apartments feature polished limestone floors, which is a local material of north Sweden. The same stone was utilized for window sills. All units have oak floors, spacious kitchens that are fully equipped with modern appliances. Plenty of storage space is available in every unit. Slightly tilted windows give every apartment a generous flow of light. Large and open spaces with breathtaking views only to be utilized by elevated ceiling in the living rooms. The living space is outstanding, but resident get more than that. They can enjoy a wine cellar, many rooms with panoramic views, guest rooms, a gym with two spectacular saunas and Jacuzzi and much more.
Aside from offering a commercial and residential futuristic utopia, the Turning torso does its part for the environment. With waste disposal units on their own private piping system to be sent for decomposition and biogas production at Malmo’s waste incinerator and heat plant the Turning Torso is doing its part not only for the environment but for the people of Malmo.