An Old Hanwha Skyscraper is Getting an Environmentally-Friendly Facelift

Korean solar company Hanwha gives its 1980's skyscraper a makeover to reflect a greener image.
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Korean solar company Hanwha gives its 1980's skyscraper a makeover to reflect a greener image.
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Highrise business are a big energy suck; so much so that they take up 16 percent of the entire world's energy. Korean solar company Hanwha wanted to retrofit its own skyscraper to reduce energy consumption and better reflect their green-friendly values. 

As one of the largest producers of solar panels, Hanwha wants its 29-story building to represent what it does best. So architects are giving the skyscraper an environmentally-friendly makeover by adding 300 solar panels on the parts of the building that get the most sun. Amsterdam-based UNStudio will be designing the facade. 

"It would be the principles that could be applied of course and not the design, as every building has its own context, program, size, view corridors, orientation etc., which would affect the design parameters differently," the architects said, according to Fast Company. "Each building would be unique and would require a tailored approach."

They will also be making other adjustments to maintain a cool interior temperature while continuing to allow in natural light. High performance windows will help them with that, while also saving them even more energy. 

Overall, Hanwha is expecting to save over a million kilowatt hours of electricity.