Bridgette Meinhold

Blooming Skyscraper Collects Dew and Generates Energy

by , 11/22/10

Blooming In The Wind, dubai, eco tower, mekene architecture, dew collector, piezo-electric, green design

The base of the eco tower is slightly sunken into the surrounding gardens, and a large dome creates recreational space, picnic areas, a library, and a conference area. The tower is designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, and it narrows as it rises up 170 meters tall. The top-level features a cafe and viewing level that is accessible via a cable car elevator.

The tower was inspired by the city’s strong connection to the sea, which is expressed through the use of sail cloth material. The exterior is covered in a facade of movable white sail cloth that has multiple purposes. During the day, the sail cloth is closed and serves to provide protection from the sun. While the flaps are closed, a chimney effect is created in the tower and hot air rises up and out, drawing in cool air.

Each flap also has the ability to move, and as it vibrates with the wind an attached piezo-electric device generates power for the building. At night, the sail cloth flaps open like the petals of a flower and collect dew from the night air and store it underground in a reservoir. This dew collection system is expected to capture enough water to accommodate the entire building’s needs.

+ Mekene Architecture

Via Fourth Fifths Design

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4 Comments

  1. Datherine August 22, 2011 at 5:46 am

    There is a critical shortage of informtivae articles like this.

  2. Candid July 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

    God help me, I put aside a whole atfeornon to figure this out.

  3. mekene March 11, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Hi Fazal,
    The building is unfortunately not under construction. It was just a proposal for an ideas competition.

  4. fazal February 15, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Is this building under construction if so in which location?

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