The need to cool Abu Dhabi is intrinsically linked to the need to look at cooling strategies on a much larger scale which calls for large ideas and a rethinking of shading and our inhabitable structures and landscapes. We can learn so much from the nature and through bio-mimicry to provide long lasting solutions to global issues.
Albashra proposes a synergy between modern materials and biological cellular structures. The result is a skin that can span public spaces providing shade while also performing in a way that sequesters carbon dioxide and produces oxygen and protein rich algae which can be used in fertilizer, bioplastics, chemical feed, medicines, pollution control, fuel and food. Organisms in hot environments are not be able to passively dissipate metabolically generated heat. Instead, they have to revert to evaporative cooling, a process that leads to water loss. In the case of our proposal we have solved this through the use of sea water which when srayed on the surface of the canopy results in an endothermic reaction cools the underside of the canopy..
We were looking for something special and different from the main stream, We didn't want the same cookie cutter approach we had found elsewhere. The team at COLE took us through the design process and delivered far beyond our initial expectations and we could not be more happy with the results.
— Jean Hicks
People comment about the building when they visit, They love the way it fuses the old with the new. I love the way the light comes through the spaces in the morning it does not fail to make me smile
— Chris Stanworth