LAVA

LABORATORY FOR VISIONARY ARCHITECTURE

BIONIC TOWER

  • Status:
  • Feasibility Stage 2007
  • Location:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Client:
  • confidential

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The design creates a fully integrated intelligent façade that responds to its surrounding environment to create maximum energy efficiency and user comfort.

Architecture of the future is not about the shape but about the intelligence of the system. The tower proposes a naturally occurring system of structural organisation that generates a building embodying efficiencies found within natural structures and architectures.

Just as nature organically regenerates, so the building proposes a natural system of organic restructuring and reorganisation. There is a unity in the structure, space and architectural expression, similar to cathedrals, and any natural system.

Learning from nature and using advanced computing enables LAVA to conceive structures of incredible lightness, efficiency and elegance. The intelligence of the smallest unit results in the intelligence of the overall system. By parametric modelling of the behavioural logic the system is constantly optimised. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In addition new materials and technologies enable adaptability, responsiveness, environmental awareness and strength.

No building skin today approaches the performance of the biological world. The traditional curtain wall facade is passive, lacking the ability to adjust to the fluctuating external environment. The tower’s systems and skin depart from this tradition and are controlled and responsive to external influences like air pressure, temperature, humidity, air pollution and solar radiation.

Architecture has to perform as an ecosystem within the organic tissue of the city.

Section Plan Night view facade LAVABT04Waterfront bionic-tower-barangaroo LAVABT03EntryZone
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Design: Toko / Development: Damien Aistrope