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High-Tech Cybertechture for Dubai Waterfront

by , 03/27/08
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The 18-story façade of James Law Cybertecture‘s new Pixel Tower in Dubai was inspired by the moving bubbles in a champagne glass and built for the young, techie and trendy. Intended for the Dubai Waterfront, Pixel Tower draws on passive solar techniques and strategic facade geometry to minimize heat gain on the structure’s south side and optimize views out over the Persian Gulf to the north.


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Due for completion in 2010, the building forms part of the agency’s ‘Cybertecture’ series, a range of high-tech solutions that thinks of structures as intelligent, customizable spaces. No matter where they are in the world, residents are always able to control and view their apartment, as well as the appliances within it, using mobile phones and PDAs. Fiber optic projections and animatronics presentations will also be incorporated.

James Law’s creative thinking is creating a new vision of how we will interact with buildings in the future. The agency designs its pieces from the inside out, enabling users to interact with and control their surroundings in a similar way to how we use portable technology today. Other buildings from the agency are designed to be ‘infinite loop spaces’ and to change shape over time. Very inspiring from a creative viewpoint, however we’d still like to see sustainability incorporated more consistently as part of this vision.

+ James Law Cybertecture

Via World Architecture News

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7 Comments

  1. mercurfue June 25, 2011 at 3:39 am

    dubai buttons for my friendly sheik for this one.

  2. Inhabitat » Steve... November 10, 2008 at 8:39 am

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  4. doug l April 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I suspect the architect doesn’t have a very high regard for the, as he puts it:”young, techie and trendy” of Dubai. If his assesment is true perhaps they should change the name of the country in the future to “Dumb-ai”. Sorry, couldn’t resist, but really, it doesn’t do much to dispell the notion that the priveledged educated youth of the gulf region are not to be taken to seriously and have confused size with importance.

  5. Word March 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    The building is just plain ugly. Its shape and circular openings are not a must to achieve passive strategies. A number of other, more elegant solutions could have been designed. Also, simplicity is not the next frontier in architecture, simplicity has been around for a long time, especially in the Modern era around the 50\’s. \”Less is More\”, remember that?

  6. LivingSpaceBuilders.com LivingSpaceBuilders.com March 27, 2008 at 10:04 am

    To me design of this building seems a bit ‘Miami Vice’ for those who didn’t see the show, I’m thinking 80s.
    Also some architects don’t really understand the fine balance of living space and electronic/gadgets they put into them. There is a fine point where you can overdo on high-tech, you need to have technology that is effective but simple and actually makes our life less complicated. Simplicity is the next frontier in architecture, and technology needs to be invisible working to improve or sense of comfort and well being. Overloading the home with electronics just for the sake of having them, is like buying a remote control with hundreds of functions you never use.

  7. hugo hugo March 27, 2008 at 4:24 am

    So would I. James Law calls himself “cybertect” and is mainly busy with putting loads of technology (not necessarily green) into buildings for the well being of it’s inhabitants. But I like his work and his innovative tendency.

    Am I correct? Does the building light up like a bulb after dark? Hmm, green hey…

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