Gallery: LAVA’s Winning Design for Masdar’s City Center

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Australia-based LAVA Architects recently won the bid to design the City Center for super sustainable eco-city Masdar in the UAE. LAVA imagined an outdoor city center based on traditional European public plazas that would encourage social interaction. However, Masdar’s arid climate make outdoor spaces subject to the blistering heat of the desert. To ameliorate this problem and create a comfortable place to gather and shop, the architects incorporated adaptive building technologies, and efficient use of energy and water — creating a rather dazzling sustainable city center.

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  1. admin December 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    the sixth image is amazing

  2. admin December 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    really cool design

  3. deftway August 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    WOW! Did they credit Frank Lloyd Wright? The lillypads are an exact replica of his SC Johnson building…

  4. modular buildings August 28, 2009 at 5:56 am

    That looks and sounds fantastic!

    It would be an amazing feat of ingenuity if this project go’s ahead.

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