Gallery: Eye-Popping ‘Green’ O-14 Skyscraper Nears Completion in Dubai


We originally showcased plans for this striking O-14 tower in Dubai back in 2007, and now the beautiful latticed building is finally nearing completion. Designed by Jesse Resiser and Nanoko Umemoto of RUR Architecture, the building features an eye-catching façade that limits solar heat gain in addition to a sophisticated passive cooling system that reduces energy use.

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  1. citizen7 March 20, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I hope to see more architecture like this in Australia. It is the worlds largest desert island, after all.

    At the least, it may be possible to use the hot air rising and/or radiant solar energy to generate electricity for lighting.
    If only Dubai had more rain – it may have also been possible to convert parts of the exoskelton into green walls or hanging gardens.

    I can’t understand why people still think it’s “sustainable” for people to live & work in multi-storey glass-clad solar-ovens in Australia. Most of the “towering” energy bills of modern buildings pays for the air-conditioning to remove the heat absorbed & retained by “glad wrap” glazing and “BBQ grille” steel members.

  2. Gary Gunderson March 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    The New Museum was designed by Sanaa.

    Reiser & Umemoto may have done a design for the New Museum, but the final project was not theirs.

  3. gillyarcht March 11, 2011 at 8:42 am

    kudos to Jesse & Nanako…always trying new things!

  4. lazyreader March 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Instead of O-14 call it the muffler building. Or a cheese grater building.

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