As if the Burj Khalifa wasn't spectacular enough, a Dubai-based think tank has proposed a radical installation that would encase the entire building in a super-lightweight, reflective and semi-transparent material suspended off its central spire.
The casing would reflect the superstructure and its surroundings. Visitors would be able to walk right up to the encasement.
The designers write:
In the spirit of exploring creative potential in the public realm, Exo-Burj aims to create a fluid urban ambience by suspending a reflective fabric material around the 828-metre tower, complementing the structure's reflective facade...The end-result would amplify the visual perspectives of the city's skyline, augment the tower's symbol as an urban centre of gravity and create an artistic atmosphere on a vast architectural scale.
[ h/t Design Bloom | Images: OP-EN ]
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