Abdel Rahman Elbakheit

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v12i1.1272


Sustainable tall buildings are increasingly under rapid development and scrutiny worldwide. This will pave the way to a new generation of buildings designed in a unique form of Architectural systems integration. That is to say, finding new ways to integrate the systems, finding new common grounds and perhaps more comprehensive optimizations. The significance of integrating sustainable systems within tall buildings is the corner stone in delivering sustainable tall buildings globally. The paper looks into ways and means to better integrate passive and active renewable energy technologies and systems, green and sustainability measures into tall building’s design. Other issues such as architectural Iconography, and heritage and cultural influences on tall building’s design are also mentioned.  The objective is to develop a framework for sustainable systems integration in buildings, proposing areas of further integrations customizable to any particular site context. The focus is on key sustainability strategies that drive design solutions to obtain maximum natural lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling, solar electricity/heat generation, possibility of wind energy generation and ground sourced amenities. Some design cases are presented exhibiting these strategies and design options, which clearly demonstrates the potential of tall buildings in creating a promising dense and sustainable future for cities around the globe.



integrated systems; sustainable architecture; passive and active renewable energy; natural lighting; passive cooling; iconicity.

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