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London's 'Razor' Building First in the World to Integrate Wind Turbines in Design

  • Posted by on March 16, 2010 in Architecture
  • Peering down 148 metres from the top of the latest addition to London's skyline, the traffic-clogged Elephant and Castle roundabout and its notorious neighbour, the Heygate estate, below feel an unlikely location for a world first. But next week, this new skyscraper, nicknamed "the Razor", will take a crucial step towards becoming the world's first building with wind turbines built into its fabric.

    While wind speeds in the concrete jungle at the tower's base would render a wind turbine pointless, at 42 storeys up they are capable of 35mph gusts – a serious challenge for the workers who created the complex steel structure – and are projected to generate 8% of the building's electricity needs...MORE

    -Adam Vaughan (Via Guardian)

    Photo: Linda Nylind/Guardian


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