Introducing yet another architectural wonder that has allowed concrete, steel and aluminium to give way to glass, for its much talked-about aesthetic and functional benefits - Stadttor (City Gate) in Düsseldorf, Germany. This is a building with a double-skin glass façade that keeps the premises well-lit, cool, energy-efficient and so on.
Stadttor (City Gate)
The Stadttor’s mechanical systems are fully computerized, with 14,000 sensors located throughout the building to moderate and maximize energy efficiency. In winter months, the structure uses on-site recaptured heat as well as excess thermal heat produced by Stromkraftwerks, an electrical plant upriver on the Rhine. An on-site geo-exchange system supplements heating with ceiling-integrated radiant transfer that also serves the building’s cooling needs.
Long-lasting lighting systems that are centrally programmed have been fixed; these can also be manually controlled within work spaces. Natural daylighting, natural ventilation and humidity control provide optimum thermal comfort that enhances occupant experience as well as the building’s energy performance.
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