3/12/2012

LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper, Venice, Italy by LED Architecture

The Italian architecture firm LED Architecture reveals its new proposal, LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper announced as the future development of the urban area of Venice.

Venice a city in the Northeastern part of Italy with 270,098 residents. It reaches 1,600,000 people including Padua and Treviso. A density of 650 pp/sq. km (or 1,700 pp/sq. mi)) on a total area of 414.57 sq. km (160.07 sq. mi).
Site of LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper, Venice, Italy © LED Architecture

Venice is well-known for its historic inheritage that the city wants to preserve as well as for its confrontation with flooding and environmental issues. Indeed, Venice nurtures a complex relationship with the sea with threatening flooding accentuating by environmental degradation: Agricultural, industrial and urban wastes are the cause of major water quality problems in the Venice lagoon. As the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit points out, "In the winter, strong winds from the south lead to abnormally high water levels in the lagoon and, at times, extensive flooding in the city."
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture

In an Europe that opts for an urban regeneration based on integrating new technologies and while preserving the historic character of cities, many architects develop research to respond to the particularity of the area of Venice, to its environmental context. LED Architecture's LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper is an example.
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture

LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper, also known as LinkSPS, must be understood as an architecture-infrastructure that aims at responding to the specific needs of the urban and natural areas of Venice, including the enhancement of its productive maritime activities. A tactical urban tool to a certain extent, rooted in the urban and environmantal scales of Venice allowing for new spaces for the future of the geographical area. This, while preserving the identity of Venice, its landscapes, its cultural characteristics.
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture

How will LinkSPS work? By addressing energy-producing and energy-saving technologies. As LED Architecture describes its project, the goal is to transform this site into green and sun-tracking mirrors parks using heliostats that will reflect the incident sunlight onto the top of the tower, the receiver of the system, for enhancing energy production of the tower. Simply put, it consists of the combination of human technology and ecologigal features.
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture

The Masterplan, below, shows the distribution of the six programs: Administrative center and solar tower; Volumes housed and facilities equipped with l.e.d. screen facades, a technology, LED Architecture says, to be able of a high level of individual identification of the parts that constitute the system; Social promenade; Maritime activities and aquaculture, and; Station.
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper — Masterplan, Venice, Italy © LED Architecture
Diagram of the distribution of the programs © LED Architecture
Firstly, The LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper is a mixed-use high technology-based programmatic skyscraper. This includes: Solar tower power; Administrative; Housing; Commercial; Offices and; Culture.
The building will be clad with a breathing skin that is announced to contain the structure and the vertical connections, according to LED Architecture.


Facades of Volumed housed and facilities © LED Architecture
One of the characteristics of this proposal consists of the facades of the Housing and facilities equipped with a l.e.d. screen system.

LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture
This LinkSPS integrates not only the six programs and green features as well as and the ecosystem and the existing activities of the city of Venice aiming at generating a balance between human technologies
and nature.
Another part of this proposal is the reorganization of the existing roads and railways featuring: Electric stations announcing to provide the energy for the public transport systems; private transport is defined by electrical car sharing approaches; Creation of three focal stations: Marghera Station, LinkStation and the New Central Venice Station, and; Creation of a social infrastructure, that is, an architectural promenade featuring green areas, public squares and facilities.

LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture
Anapproach and redefinition of Venice: preserving its historic character, responding to
economical and social needs, enhancing its ecosystem.
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture
LinkSPS combins: energy-saving and producing technology working as a geothermal energy provider;
an infrastructure with the organization of the urban transports and roads of Venice as well as the creation of green features and a promenade, and; Maritime facilities aiming at assisting and enhancing the productive maritime activities.
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture
LinkSolarPowerSkyscraper © LED Architecture







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