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December 02, 2010

Taiwanese skyscraper with blimps and wind power to start construction in 2012

Gixmag - Dorin Stefan's 'Floating Observatories' tower; construction begins in 2012 in Taechung, Taiwan

Dorin Stefans website

Floating Observatories" is Stefan Dorin's (from Romania) winning entry in the recent Taiwan Tower Conceptual International Competition – and in return for his US$130,000 first prize, now he has to actually build the thing. The new tower, standing more than 300 meters tall with its helium-filled observatory "leaves", will be the crown jewel of Taechung, the third largest city in Taiwan.

Standing somewhere around 390 meters tall, Stefan's "Floating Observatories" features geothermal heating and water heating in the basement, natural ventilation through the "chimney" effect, solar cells and axially mounted wind turbines around the building's core for power, fiber optic lighting for its basements, and a rainwater collection and purification system.



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