London architects unveil Phoenix Towers – the world’s tallest skyscraper

Phoenix Towers Wuhan

Photo: Chetwoods

Plans for the world’s first skyscraper to top 1,000m in height have been unveiled by London architects Chetwoods. The firm hopes that the ultramodern twin-tower conical skyscrapers will be built in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China.

Chetwoods presented the plans for the Phoenix Towers to Wuhan’s administration about six months ago, and are hoping to move things forward by 2015, according to the Guardian.

According to Chetwoods’ website, the plans for the two futuristic spires feature a range of high-tech environmental features, enabling them to power themselves, including photovoltaic panels, thermal chimneys, suspended air gardens, wind turbines, water harvesting/recycling facilities and waste recycling via biomass boilers.

The website says: “Phoenix Towers will be an iconic landmark within an ambitious environmental master plan for Wuhan, the capital of central China. Situated on the Yangtze River at the crossroads of nine provinces, the ‘City of 1000 Lakes’, population 10 million, has recently been designated an environmental ‘Super City’ by the regional and central government.

“At 1km high the Phoenix Towers will be the tallest pair of buildings in the world. The 47-hectare site (the towers cover 7 hectares) on an island in a lake at the end of a 3km avenue within a dense city layout will provide long vistas.”

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