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.

Resembling a sculpture more than a building, the commercial tower has a central core for office space. The decorative façade has over 1,000 circular cut outs and functions as an “exoskeleton.” This outside structure supports the core, and thus allows for remarkably open interior spaces. Picture a virtually column-free office space, able to be split and subdivided in any way tenants wish.

The one meter of space between the exoskeleton and the core also acts a hot air chute. Although metropolitan, Dubai is essentially a desert city. The exoskeleton not only shields the core from the sun, but its shape forces hot air up and out, which saves money and energy on cooling the core. The circular holes are carefully positioned to provide views while limiting sun exposure.

The 21 open floors will house offices while the ground level will have an exclusive luxury shopping center, in true Dubai fashion, and an entrance to the waterfront esplanade.

+ RUR Architecture

Via Contemporist


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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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