A powerful tool for understanding wind performance
One of the main considerations for any supertall tower is how it will resist wind forces, which can cause tall, slender buildings to sway. Wind against the tower can create concentrated vortices that cause the structure to vibrate. The issue is not only one of safety, but also comfort for the building’s occupants.
Finding the right shape for the tower can dramatically reduce these effects. For decades, SOM’s integrated teams of architects and engineers have pioneered new approaches to mitigating wind forces for supertall towers, and wind tunnel testing is one of the most effective tools to evaluate the performance of a design before it is built.