New Yorkers, how would you like to see Paolo Venturella's "Flex Tower" in the heart of Times Square? The Italian architect's tower would make a dope addition to Manhattan's skyline, and it would also help the city conserve energy.
Admittedly, we still don't fully grasp the science behind Venturella's energy-saving idea, but we got the gist of it. The proposed tower utilizes "photovoltaic panels," solar cells that produce electricity, "in a controlled manner to prevent a mass [dispersal] of the system throughout the metropolis," designboom explained. Basically, each panel would tilt and rotate in relation to the sun so that the generated energy can be dispersed accordingly.
In addition, the exterior of the tower would also act as a "structural and performative skin" that changes the density of the photovoltaic panels, also allowing for open floor plans that do not require supporting elements.
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