Archetech Issue 31 2017 - Page 73

ARCHETECH MAGAZINE THE CLADDING FOR THE STRUCTURE IS FORMED OF HUNDREDS OF TRIANGULAR PANELS THAT FOLD AND FLOW ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE TOWER PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE SCULPTURAL LANDMARK To demystify the process of energy generation, the Energy Centre’s machine room and flexible ancillary office accommodation is supplemented with a Visitor Centre offering an interactive educational experience for prearranged groups of visitors. Construction started in 2015, and was completed in 2016. The building footprint further allows for flexibility in adopting new energy technology over the building’s substantial lifetime. The panels are perforated so as to exploit the phenomena of the Moiré Effect, and at night an integrated lighting design produces a shifting series of ‘compositions‘ lit from within the structure. Simultaneously with the Energy Centre, C.F. Møller has also designed one of the new mixed tenure housing developments within the Greenwich Peninsula site for site-wide developer Knight Dragon. The work of art by Conrad Shawcross is named ‘The Optic Cloak* www.cfmoller.com Designed by British artist Conrad Shawcross, the cladding of the 49 metre high stack tower unites sophisticated engineering and complex optic research to create an impressive sculptural concept on a huge scale: The cladding for the structure is formed of hundreds of triangular panels that fold and flow across the surface of the tower forming complex geometric patterns that visually break up the flat planes to create an uneven, sculpted surface that plays with the vanishing points and perspective.