Two years ago, a five-story apartment building in Shanghai had its entire facade ripped off so that the building could re-route its lights.
A new video posted by YouTube channel toimelettes shows the building that is now “walking” and re-adopting its exterior over the course of two years.
The building is fronted with blue glass panels and has its facade torn up as if it were a tree on a string. The building also has two elevators and it appears that the elevator cars are about the size of a Volkswagen.
As the building is “walking,” it’s got a bunch of lights and a large digital sign going.
Esquire Canada also posted a video explaining how the building is able to “walk” and re-adopt its facade. The narrative of the video was written by Nanning Huang, a senior project manager in Shanghai at Loos Co. Ltd.
“As the windows open and close, they also provide the structure with energy that it can use to generate electricity,” Huang wrote in the email to Esquire Canada. “The turning elevator doors light up, again and again, as if it’s ‘walking.'”
“To save heat and reduce energy consumption, we left one wall of the building open and heated the cool portions of the building with the natural energy generated by the sunlight shining through the wall,” he wrote.
So far, there is no mention of the re-adopting of the building exterior in the case of the Chicago Fire Department.
The video has garnered over 20,000 views since it was uploaded to the Internet Friday morning.