Will Someone Please Build This Ideal Green Energy Park?

Not long ago, the Korean Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) had a design contest for architects. The challenge? Build the new KEPCO headquarters, and help the company become the green energy leader among the power companies of the world. This design by H Associates sadly was not chosen, as it only came in third–but it is so fabulously high-tech, green and lovely that someone, somewhere, should take it upon themselves to build it.

Combining great aesthetics with every green tech feature imaginable, this KEPCO Green Park design (which comes to us by way of Inhabitat)  makes use of sloping green roofs, integrated solar power, a wind field, geothermal power, and water reclamation. A 29-story tower rises from the middle of the park as a clear reminder that high tech can be green–even beautiful. All those green roofs blend the buildings of the complex into the surrounding landscape, creating lovely vistas from the solar/geothermal/wind-powered skyscraper.

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image via Inhabitat

Another unique feature of this skyscraper? The use of natural daylighting, made possible by the low height of the surrounding buildings. The skyscraper is protected by a facade specially designed to control temperatures while making the most of natural sunlight–a fact no doubt appreciated by the plants (and even trees?) growing in the high atrium that greets visitor upon entering.

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.

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