London’s New Strata Skyscraper Incorporates Wind Turbines

London’s latest skyscraper has a distinctly modern twist: built-in wind-turbines. The Strata tower–nicknamed, “The Razor”–measures 42 stories and takes advantage of high winds with turbines integrated directly into its facade that look more like an architectural art installation than your standard “high-rise topped with wind-mills.”

Developed and contracted by Brookfield Europe. the tower posed a tricky engineering feat, according to Inhabitat, because gusty blasts of wind kept buffeting the construction crews as they erected it. (The height and location of the turbines takes into account not only the average 35 mph winds in the area, but also the amplifying effect created by nearby structures.) All told, the turbines are expected to produce 50MWh of electricity annually, enough to power 8% of the building’s energy needs.

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image via Inhabitat

The Strata tower will also feature other such green building strategies such as natural ventilation, high-performance glazing and other energy efficiency measures designed to keep the building’s power use a good 6% below current building requirements. The project is budgeted at around $170 million ( £113 million) and is set to complete construction in April, 2010.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.