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These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight

These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight


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These beautiful twin office towers in Abu Dhabi borrow from ancient Arabic architectural elements to create an innovative way to shield themselves from sunlight. The two towers are overlaid by a mechanized geometric “skin” with triangular panels that follow the sun to block it out.

The sunscreen design by Aedas Architects was inspired by the masharabiya, a beautiful form of ornate sunscreen that shields windows in the Arab world from glaring sunlight and prying eyes. The screens, controlled by computers. open, close and even travel horizontally to block the sun. The 145m-tall towers underneath, which were completed in 2012, are covered in glass, so the sunscreens reduce sunlight-generated heat in the building by at least 50% and probably help with the air conditioning bill as well!

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Old Posted Dec 17, 2015, 4:35 PM
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I have to say that's a really good idea. The albedo difference between the shades and the dark blue glass is huge. There's a big air gap for good thermal insulation. As the sun moves across the sky only a certain part of the shades need to be closed at any one time. And they are functionally beautiful as a structure.
Also, I'm not sure what kind of sand storms they get there, but these could be closed and protect the glass from scouring as well.
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Damn. that's pretty bloody elegant.
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I've been talking about this sort of shading protection for a while.

Now, just imagine the shades here were PV cells.....


And now you see the future.
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That is one amazing innovation. Really impressed by the architects. I like how they use innovative features for buildings and towers in the middle east especially the UAE. Is the process controlled automatically by computers (ie using artificial intel) or is there some guy always sitting behind computer controlling each and every movement of the screens?
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I've been talking about this sort of shading protection for a while.

Now, just imagine the shades here were PV cells.....


And now you see the future.
Yes this idea should be implemented everywhere especially in those regions with hot, sunny climate ie tropical regions.
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one of the most quintessential aspects of middle eastern architecture is the genius methods of temperature regulation. western architecture has a hell of a lot to learn from them.
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I've been talking about this sort of shading protection for a while.

Now, just imagine the shades here were PV cells.....


And now you see the future.
Now, just imagine the windows here were adjustable PV cells...

When you want more shade, touch anywhere on the window and a menu will pop up

slide the dimmer switch on the menu

The PV cells "turn up" accordingly so the windows absorb more of the sunlight passing through them (and generate more electricity)

no sunshades. no moving parts. you can still see out the windows.


And now you see the future.
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