This tower mixes various references to
the history and culture of the city of Dubaï with a strong concern for sustainability into a coherent structure that owes as much to history and
tradition than to the newest technologies.
The tower is made of a light structural
metallic frame on which are attached hundreds of articulated sails that can
freely blow in the wind, or can be set. It gently sits on a circular, slightly
recessed garden from which emerges a grass-covered podium containing the children’s
library and the conference spaces.
The shape of the tower expresses a deep
anchorage in Dubaï’s culture and history, and an affirmation of the momentum towards
The sails forming the shell give the
tower an ever-changing and vibrating silhouette that reflects the quick-paced
change of the city surrounding it. During the day, these sails serve as
efficient sunshades. At dusk they slowly open up, like night flowers blooming,
to collect dew from the air during the night.
At dawn, when the first rays of the sun
appear again, the sails retract back to their closed position. The water
collected will serve for the daily usage of the tower and its visitors. A new
cycle starts over.
The vibration of the sails also serves
as a source of natural energy through the piezo-electric effect.
Thus, like a living organism, the tower
follows the alternating cycles of nature and draws its resources from it.
The synthesis of all these elements strongly
resonates with various aspects of Dubaï’s culture. The sails are a clear
reference to the city’s strong bounds to the sea. Their shape and color are
reminiscence of the boutre’s sails, desert tents, etc. The way water and energy
are collected are applications of green building. But they also remind us that
Dubaï always drew its wealth from nature (pearls from the sea then oil from the
These concept and ideas are materialized
in a simple, elegant yet very distinctive and unique shape, making it an iconic
landmark that epitomises Dubaï’s pride of his past and its faith in the future.