Wendy, the smog-eating, spiky blue architectural wonder by HWKN, has just finished a journey across the globe to Abu Dhabi where it will delight visitors during next week's Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Wendy made her first appearance in New York where she won the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and was on display last summer. Wendy Abroad will debut in Abu Dhabi on January 13th through February 6th at the Al Sahil Maydan Plaza of the Corniche. Powered by solar energy provided by Masdar, Wendy Abroad will again work to clear the air while blasting out cool mist and music.
Wendy is a giant architectural installation designed to push the boundaries of what architecture is and how it can impact our experience, while also working to improve the environment. The spiky blue air-cleaning installation was created as part of MoMA’s PS1’s ever-popular Summer Warm-Up series and it delighted visitors and cooled them off with misters. Now Wendy will get another chance to show off her stuff at Abu Dhabi’s sustainability week. She’s even got a few new tricks up her sleeve like an upgraded scaffolding system, enhanced misters, new structural solutions, and a fully off-the-grid energy provision. Her smog-eating abilities come from her striking blue fabric, which is treated with a titania nanofilm that neutralizes airborne pollutants.
“The design for Wendy was a study in how far we could push the envelope of architecture to capture the public’s imagination and demonstrate what architecture can do for the built environment,” says HWKN Co-principal Marc Kushner. “Wendy Abroad is an opportunity to touch an even broader audience and raise awareness about the potential of the architecture that surrounds them.”
Wendy Abroad is sponsored by the Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, which works to enhance the future for citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Wendy Abroad in Abu Dhabi was also aided by Shawati’ Projects, a Cultural Projects Consultancy agency and publishers of Abu Dhabi’s art, culture and design magazine, Shawati’. Wendy will blast out cool air, music and mist in the Al Sahil Maydan Plaza of the Corniche from January 13th to February 6th, 2013.
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