Tower of Light is an innovative structure in Manchester that pays homage to nature's strength and beauty.
Tower of Light is a 40-metre tall tower supporting and enclosing flues for a new low-carbon energy centre in Manchester's city centre.
The biomimetic structure was built on the shell lace structure technique, born of decade-long innovation and research pioneered by Tonkin Liu and developed in collaboration with engineers at Arup.
Learning from geometry in nature, the tower's form is its strength. The super-light, super-thin and single-surface structure uses the least material to achieve the most in both style and form.
The tower is constructed from six to eight mm-thick flat steel sheets, tailored, laser-cut and then welded together to create a curved, stiff and strong surface.
Architect: Tonkin Liu
Project: Tower of Light
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