Watch: Inside one of the world’s most energy-efficient buildings, which was inspired by a flower

There’s a 450-foot-tall lily in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Well, actually, it’s a skyscraper shaped like a lily, but it’s still pretty impressive. The towering flower houses the Institute of New Energy, a research initiative that opened its doors in June 2016 with the goal of studying energy, emissions, and the technology related to them.

The effort starts with the building itself, which is one of the most energy-efficient structures in the world. With a rain-collecting roof, natural ventilation, a wind turbine, and lots of solar panels, the building sets an example for the institute’s ambitions.

Watch the video above to learn more about this lily-shaped tower in Wuhan!

Scott Brown

Scott Brown is a filmmaker from Philadelphia, and a recent graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. As a freelance filmmaker, he has made short films on Malaysian youth climate activists, black movements against police brutality in Chicago, and the health impacts of sugar on young children. He has also produced videos with Popular Science and La Nacion in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Contact him at