Falcon Eye (VTX-VI)

From the beginning of civilization, wind energy has been an integral part of people’s daily lives. Wind energy propelled boats along Africa’s Nile Valley civilizations as far back as 5000 B.C (and before). Later in Asia and other parts of the globe, the Chinese used various wind capturing designs that allowed the utilization of wind energy for the industrialized of agricultural cultivation.

From the very early lessons of ancient technologies, OpDes Architecture has spent the past several years developing its flagship energy independent tower, Falcon Eye (VTX-VI). With its 360-degree compact integrated OpDes WBS (Wind Blade System), the turbine and fins are completely enclosed to offer a comprehensive system protection. It is a mixed-use, adaptable Commercial + Residential + Retail facility designed to provide high density, ultra-modern use with SGET (Self Generating Energy Technologies). The design basis of Falcon Eye is both the adaptation of spaces and the integration of human supportive systems nestled within an aerodynamic form. In addition, the program is inclusive of dedicated processing spaces for an intuitive integrated living green system. On the other hand, adaptable internal configurations are based on a cellular system that maximizes the customization of its interior spaces. Through this approach of system integration, Falcon Eye becomes a unique facility that is fully "shapeable" by the end user.

At the heart of Falcon Eye are its OpDes Architecture proprietary mechanical systems. Utilizing electricity as the primary source of energy, Falcon Eye mechanicals are greatly reduced for a typical facility of this scale. Its heating, cooling and fresh air circulation is highly selective and based on a customized approach. Moreover, Falcon Eye is well suited to operate in all climatic zones with moderate wind speeds and allows full system access to changes in wind patterns and encompasses all types of population centers.

Having a fixed VWBS is best suited in areas with consistent wind patterns throughout the year. However, directions a more versatile system is needed for environments with greater variations in wind. Additional systems are composed of breathable aerodynamic skin, convection natural ventilation and an Energy Independent System Computer Core (EISCC). 

Along the longitudinal surface area facing the southern exposure solar, energy conversion features are seamlessly integrated into the exoskeleton for supplemental energy. In addition, technologies such as solar tracking systems complete with geosynchronous alignment capabilities in order to improve solar absorption efficiency. Besides its solar skins, water tubes are also integrated into the southern exposure that supply re-circulated heated water to mechanical systems of the VWBS. This device helps prevent frosting of the within the WBS systems. Moreover, the heat generated can be used to complement the pressure differential within the Air Tubes of the WBS, thus increasing its efficiency.

The northern exposure of Falcon Eye was deliberately fabricated to permit as much daylight as possible into its zones. Along this cooler side of the Falcon Eye, denser, cooler water is re-circulated towards its base with CO2 enriched interior air so that it can be reprocessed into the Air Treatment Oxygenating Wing (ATOW). Falcon Eye entails one of the most advanced Wind Extraction Systems in the OpDes Architecture building system fleet. Although it has a primary VWBS, the tower of Falcon Eye incorporates a series of WED (Wind Energy Diaphragms) that generate supplemental energy generated by a change in surface pressure. With a surface area of over 150 thousand square feet, the exterior surface utilizes an enormous amount of potential energy to augment the efficacy of building systems. 

Estimated Product Cost:

  • $850 MILLION

 

Systems and Technologies:

  • Proprietary

 

Specifications:

  • Height - 992 ft

  • Floors - 70

  • Green Gross Area - 747,988 ft^2

  • Commercial Gross Area - 36,295,181 ft^2

  • Retail Gross Area - 2,030,129 ft^2 

 

Active Systems:

  • Proprietary

  • 360-degree WBS 

  • Variable Pitch Blade Control

  • Night Purge Ventilation

  • Electric Light Motion Control

  • Chemical Emergency Lighting System

  • Fiber Optic Data Network

  • Natural Gas Emergency Power Supply

  • Automated Daylight Reflection System

  • HEPA Air Purification

  • HVAC

 

Passive Systems:

  • Proprietary

  • Airflow Induced Natural Ventilation

  • Solar Chimney Air Convection

  • Chemically Active Humidity Control

  • Photosynthesis CO2 reduction

  • Convection Air Circulation

  • Solar Radiation Water Heating System

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