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Tower of Light
by Tonkin Liu

Tower of Light by Tonkin Liu
David Valinsky

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.


This project has been longlisted in the civic building category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Architect: Tonkin Liu

Project: Tower of Light

Read more: Tonkin Liu

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