Sleek Indonesian skyscraper harvests wind power at its peak

Credit: SOM

New skyscrapers pop up all of the time, but rarely does one blow us away with its ambition for sustainability. (We're talking about real buildings, not concept drawings only exist in the minds of bored computer artists.) The newly revealed Pertamina Energy Tower is one of those rare towers.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the Pertamina Energy Tower will become the largest building in Indonesia, surpassing the country's Wisma 46 with twice the height. But what makes the Pertamina Energy Tower so impressively unique isn't its 1,738-foot height or its glass facade, but the fact that it has a "wind funnel" at its top that's capable of generating some serious green energy, according to SOM:

"Gently tapering towards a rounded top, the tower opens up at the crown, revealing a 'wind funnel' that will take advantage of the prevailing winds and increased wind speeds at the upper floors to generate energy. Precisely calibrated for Jakarta's proximity to the equator, the tower's curved facade will mitigate solar heat gain throughout the year. Exterior sun shades will dramatically improve the workplace environment and save energy by reducing the need for artificial lighting in the office interiors."

While the Pertamina Energy Tower will function as the main offices for the Pertamina oil and gas company with over 20,000 workers expected, the tower is just one part of a campus that's being billed as a "city within a city." The campus has a 2,000-set auditorium performing arts center and even its own mosque.

SOM's incredibly green skyscraper is expected to be completed in 2020. Excuse us for minute while we book our flight seven years in advance.

Via Dezeen

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