guided by principles of sustainable design, NUDES has conceived of a net-zero energy observatory tower. the concept, called ‘solar tree’, explores the notion of a modular architecture composed of prefabricated ‘cells’, where people can enjoy views of the surrounding landscape. similarly to the studio’s forest school proposal, the project is characterized by a cylindrical form and an array of projecting balconies.
the vertical core consists of a circular ramp that connects to an orbicular corridor. leading into individual observatory cells. these cells are rotated and stacked to create a dynamic assembly that offers varied vistas and experiences at every level. each modular, prefabricated ‘cell’ consists of projecting balconies that allow visitors to step out of the tower’s skin and absorb the landscape devoid of any visual barriers. NUDES has also imagined these cells to house lightweight ‘solar leaves’, which could potentially contribute to net-zero energy requirements.
the ‘tree’ aims to address sustainable design initiatives governed by net-zero design principles to combat climate change. the top of the tower is capped by a sky deck and an all weather glass pod. the top floor offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the breathtaking landscape.
the project is conceived as a composite steel and wood structural assembly. these prefabricated modular cells can be deployed and erected on site. the cells are stacked vertically to create a composite structural system in synergy with the central steel core consisting of the ramp and corridors. in essence, the ‘tree’ aims to create an iconic observatory tower that’s in sync with nature.