Kiev, Ukraine

W. 2009

The projects “Khrushchevki”, built from 1946 until 1985, perpetuated the history of the Soviet rule in Ukraine. They were intended as a temporary solution that should last only for 25 years; yet, in 2011, they constitute 50-60 % of housing available for Ukrainians. The structures are wasteful and thermally inefficient. Considering that Ukraine imports more than a half of its energy, the question arises what alternative construction must be like?

This tower is conceived with the panoply of functions in mind prime of which is the solar energy generation. The 36 story, “power plant tower” is south oriented to produce a surplus of electricity which satisfies the demand of its occupants and the local community. The tower features rainwater collection, grey water processing, natural cooling and ventilation, heat pumps, smart glazing that adjusts it opacity, a façade system that balances heat gain and retention.

The tower serves as an educational tool for the local community by promoting sustainable living and informing the people of the amount of energy being produced, water collected and reused, and the amount of CO2 captured. It could be used as a prototype for a series of such towers on the freed sites in “the Khrushchevka’s Belt” connecting them in a sustainable matrix that rectifies the faults of the past and proposes sustainable future.

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