Solar Energy Major London EcoTower Focus

The Royal Docks of London will soon be home to a cluster of sustainable buildings–one of which promises a memorable addition to the city’s skyline with a curved aluminum facade faced in solar panels.

Archdaily reports that the 24-story Silvertree Residential EcoTower, designed by Studio RHE, has been granted planning approval and is scheduled to begin construction this summer. This green mixed-use development will be home to 161 2-3 bedroom apartments, as well as retail/office space and a cafe.

EcoTower London

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The photovoltaic panels mounted to the building’s facade will provide both electricity and heat for the building. Thermal insulation, a ground source geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as a biomass broiler will round out the renewable energy picture, contributing to the building’s minimal carbon footprint.

EcoTower2

image via Archdaily

Residents will be able to enjoy the view of London’s docks from the Silvertree’s large roof terraces and communal gardens.

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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