A fuzzy building.

© Belatchew

This building…in my opinion anyway…is probably one of the strangest, prettiest, weirdest buildings I’ve ever seen in my life. Is it just me or does it look like a building that would be in a Dr. Seuss book? Or a weird breed of a Truffula Tree?

Let’s go with the latter.

An architecture firm based in Stockholm called Belatchew is proposing to fix up a building known as Söder Torn by adding in 14 new floors—and millions of tiny, piezo-electric ‘straws’.

‘Twas named the Strawscraper. Cute.

So what do these straws do, exactly? The idea is that these electric strands would collect energy by vibrating. The research on pizoelectric microcantilevers is ongoing. This would turn Söder Torn into an urban power plant, and reemphasize Sweden and their dedication to energy efficiency. Plus, this electricity generation from the straws would be less harmful to birds and is pleasant to look at, especially when lit up at night with changing lights, as pictured above.

There are downsides, however. How much noise would these vibrating straws make? How efficient is it really? How do you clean it?

Despite these negativities, we must say, that here at OnAir we do applaud these efforts as they are unique and they get us one step closer to a greener world. And it looks like a Dr. Seuss building.

Would you want a fuzzy building flowing in the wind in your city? Share your thoughts on this in a comment below.

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/hairy-skyscraper-would-collect-energy-through-piezo-electric-straws.html

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