A modern take on ancient architecture


Rising nearly 150 feet above the podium, this wind tower provides an ample stream of cool air to the city streets below. A modern interpretation of one of the region’s most iconic architectural features, the tower’s height means it can capture upper-level winds and direct them to the open-air public square at its base.

Sensors at the top of the steel structure operate high-level louvers to open in the direction of prevailing winds and to close in other directions to divert wind down the tower. A thin, nonstick membrane carries the wind downward, while mist generators at the top add additional cooling to the air.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in Philadelphia, Mary Mazzoni is the senior editor of TriplePundit. She is also a freelance journalist with a passion for storytelling and sustainability. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, Earth911, the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands and the Daily Meal.

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian with an interest in climate resilience, clean tech and social justice. You can contact her at mary@triplepundit.com.