Project: Congress Gateway Towers
Designed by Danny Mui & Benjamin Sahagun
Location: Chicago, USA
Congress Gateway Towers design comes from architects Danny Mui & Benjamin Sahagun, while its primary function is providing parking space the buildings form a unique landmark for the city of Chicago. Both towers also house unique restaurant space as well as modern C02 scrubbers.
About the Project:
The two towers split and converge at the top to create an iconic gateway to the city. A bridge joins the two towers and contains a public restaurant with views of neighboring buildings. Pedestrian connections are landscaped at the base, accentuating the building’s car-centric identity. Located at the crown of the towers are the carbon scrubbers which capture CO2 and other air pollutants. These scrubbers are the first step in the processing of biofuel.
The eco towers’ double-skin facade helps reduce traffic noise and offer enclosed balconies. Additionally, natural cross-ventilation of the units is able to reach the units through the building’s atrium. Because of the irregular shape of the building, small spaces are leftover on either side of the elevator core and are used as communal outdoor terraces for residents. The terraces are enclosed by bio-reactor tubes which grow the algae responsible for biofuel processing.
Source Evolo. *