The Mind Reels - Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal

The Mind Reels

July 11th, 2008 | Category: Uncategorized

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the past month, you must have heard of architect David Fisher’s plans to build an 80-story structure in Dubai.

The attention-getting feature of this building is that each floor will rotate independently giving the structure an infinitely changing appearance.

Well, I say why not. Architectural design should be innovative. Whether the world is ready for this particular innovation, and whether it is practical, we’ll have to wait and see.

The other aspect of the structure that caught my attention, of course, is that it has an attractive glass and metal curtainwall. According to reports, the building is going to be constructed in modular form in Italy and shipped to Dubai to be assembled.

A lot of innovative, interesting architecture is being built in the Middle East because they have the money to do it. With the weather conditions that a structure faces there, today’s solar control, energy efficient glass products are a natural construction material.

It’s fascinating and the mind reels. Now, I can’t wait to see what kind of glass is going to be used in the structure.

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