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Isover announces NYC passive skyscraper shortlist
By Simon Phipps | 22 Feb, 2011
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Isover has announced the eight UK finalists in its competition to build a New York tower in line with Passive House principles.
 
The shortlist is on display at stand N260 of Ecobuild and teams will present their designs before the live final at 15.00 on 2nd March.

The top three teams will receive up to £1,000 and an invite to compete in the seventh international final in Prague between 18th and 21st May. First prize is â¬1,500.

Students were asked to design a skyscraper for the Greenwich South district of Lower Manhattan. It had to encompass Isover Multi-Comfort principles and Passive House performance levels to create a sustainable, multi-use building.
 
The designs chosen by the judging panel of industry experts include:

Manhattan Sky Podium: a design which aims to connect Greenwich South with its surroundings through a series of elevated pedestrian routes which meet to form a green podium in the sky.

Social Tower Experiment: a tower which breaks through the social isolation of typical skyscrapers, proposing a new, vertical street lifestyle to foster communities and social interaction at height.

The Green Ramp: a design which aims to integrate Lower Manhattanâs green spaces into the city fabric with a building which forms a ramp from Battery Park to the Greenwich South site, culminating in a Passive House skyscraper.

Solar Slice: a tapered tower which evolved through consideration of New Yorkâs sun paths, it respects the solar rights of the existing â88 Greenwich Streetâ tower to the north of the site by carving a huge slice out of its mass.

Green Canyons: a prototype to reconnect the city of Manhattan and achieve a cohesive identity to counter the depleting quality of life in vertical urban sprawl.

Green Tower: a design established around the concept of contemporary creativity which takes into consideration the forms of surrounding towers and icons such as the Statue of Liberty.

Windgate: a tower which aims to make maximum use of wind energy harvesting while also utilising the building design to form a new gateway into Manhattan.

Vertical Sunspace Tower: taking inspiration from the Denby Dale Passivhaus, this design features a series of stacked, south facing sunspaces to maximise passive solar gain, daylight penetration and to create social spaces at height in the city.

Isoverâs judging panel includes Roland Matzig, founder of r-m-p architects and engineers which consulted on the renovation of the worldâs only Passive House skyscraper built to date. 
 
Also on the panel are Antony Wood, executive director at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Anna Surgenor, senior technical advisor at the UK Green Building Council, and Zdenka Debartoli, international market manager for Saint-Gobain Insulation.

Stacey Davis, marketing director for Isover, said: âWe would like to thank all student teams who have taken the time to enter this yearâs competition. The standard was high, so selecting our shortlist was not easy. However, our expert judging panel has a wealth of expertise in Passive House principles and sustainable building, so we are confident that our winners will have what it takes to compete in the international final.â

The full shortlist can be viewed online and scale models and posters will be on display in the Passive House Zone at Ecobuild.



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