Studio RHE announce design for new Eco-tower, marking gateway to East of London, home of the 2012 Olympics
Studio RHE have recently submitted planning drawings to the Borough of Newham, one of London’s poorest boroughs, in an effort to develop the area with a new residential Eco-tower. The sleek 24 storey building named Silvertree is wrapped with coloured panels on 2 sides, which provide not only solar shading but also the electrical power from embedded photo voltaic panels and solar water heating. On the third side, the building opens to reveal a green vertical forest of planting enclosing terraces and balconies.
SilverTree incorporates the latest thinking in environmental design to greatly reduce the building’s carbon footprint. A distinct façade of curved aluminium bands provide solar and wind protection while also accommodating a vast array of photovoltaic panels producing electricity for the buildings use. Further renewable energy is provided by ground source heat pumps built into the foundations and a central biomass energy centre. High levels of insulation, closable winter gardens and the careful placing of windows and thermal shutters provide improved thermal efficiency.
The scheme will provide 161 large, high quality residential units of various size, with a communal landscaped open deck on the first floor. The lower levels will provide commercial offices, retail and cafés; creating employment opportunities and multiple additions to the current local amenities. SilverTree, is an optimistic and aspirational project that aims to become a benchmark for future urban design.