Senior Design Studio // Fall 2009 // Revit + Photoshop // 10 weeks // Partner Project
To be iconic is not just to create a form, but to lead through innovation, showing what is truly possible in a breathtaking way.
This proposal, which combines a large-scale convention center, skyscraper hotel and an urban retail streetscape, would provide Kansas City with an icon of sustainability, as well as a breath of new life for the area’s nightlife. This complex was designed to complement and support Kansas City’s major convention center, Bartle Hall, as well as the new and acclaimed Kaufmann Performing Arts Center.
Envisioned from the start with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and resource collection, this design utilizes a wide range of sustainable design strategies.
The two most prominent of these strategies are generating energy from wind turbines in sculpted ‘tunnels’ on the tower’s west side, and an integrated rainwater collection system, which gathers greywater from almost every horizontal surface as well as the vertical faces of the tower. Additionally, a series of vertical garden systems absorb western sunlight, growing fresh produce for use throughout the building.
The clearest way to sum up the concept of this project may be to reference the inspiration for the tower’s form. Drawing from the image of a flower opening up into the eastern sunlight, it brings to mind a beautiful organism that is actually comprised of a very subtle and pragmatic series of systems and operations. Like the flower, every facet of the tower has been very specifically formed and oriented to gather the elements necessary for life’s operations.
Rainwater collection, natural lighting, wind energy production and urban farming. These four types of systems came to form a framework for this project very early on, becoming an essential part of its evolution and development. And within a building of this magnitude, every step you take towards a more sustainable way of life can have tremendous implications for its occupants as well as the surrounding environment.