Strawscraper by Belatchew Arkitekter

22nd May, 2013 title

Swedish studio Belatchew Arkitekter wants to transform a Stockholm skyscraper into a wind farm by covering it in thousands of electricity-generating bristles. Belatchew Arkitekter's Strawscraper concept for transforming Henning Larsen's Söder Torn tower involves adding a 16-storey extension over the top of the building, then covering the entire facade in hairy-looking plastic straws designed to move with the wind.

The new proposals would reintroduce the proportions first proposed by Larsen, adding a restaurant between the existing apartments and the new wind farm, as well as a viewing platform with panoramic views across Stockholm.Completed in 1997, the 86-metre-high Söder Torn is one of the tallest residential towers in Stockholm. It was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen, who famously walked away from the project after planning compromises caused the building to lose 16 of its intended 40 storeys.The straws would use piezoelectric technology to convert motion into electricity, without the noise and other environmental problems of a typical wind farm. "What is usually considered to be the most static of all things, the building, suddenly comes alive and the construction gives the impression of a body that is breathing," explain the architects.

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