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CTBUH Tall Building Competition / Team: Seyi Arole, Linfone Zhou, Ella Sun, Hayden Pattullo / Summer 2016

What does it mean to create organic architecture? Often, the notion of the organic is expressed exclusively through form, however, an organism’s success in nature relies on a far broader and more complex set of interconnected systems. As with biological organisms, the organism of the building is required to anticipate, recognize, and react to its environment if it is to succeed.

Blume is a multi-use, 400m tall skyscraper in Calgary, Alberta, located within our proposed redesign for a new Olympic Plaza site. Blume draws inspiration from the flower, one of nature’s most adaptive and successful organisms, for form, program, plan, energy management, and more. Like the flower, this project creates a co-dependent series of biological systems that anticipate and react to the natural and built environments around it to thrive. through three key anatomical areas:

The Stem

Using analytical digital software, the tilted form of the building has been optimized for Calgary's sunpaths and sun angles, thus maximizing solar potential and reducing energy need.

The Stamen

Just as a flower's main reproductive artery runs up the middle of the stem to move genetic material, Blume's main atrium follows the curve along the south side to act as a green public gathering space that vertically spans the building. This acts to purify air, catch natural sunlight in the mornings and afternoons, and connect public and private building areas.

The Skin

Blume utilizes a new solar generation materiality along collection-faces that both generates energy and allows views. A thin tensile cloth is embedded with photovoltaics and strung on a heat-shrink tube frame system, thus allowing the frame to contract and concentrate material into hotter spots on the facade, ultimately creating more efficient energy generation.