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Sustainable Design in Masdar City: Photo Essay

"A modern take on ancient architecture"


Rising nearly 150 feet above the podium, this wind tower provides an ample stream of cool air to the city streets below. A modern interpretation of one of the region’s most iconic architectural features, the tower’s height means it can capture upper-level winds and direct them to the open-air public square at its base.

Sensors at the top of the steel structure operate high-level louvers to open in the direction of prevailing winds and to close in other directions to divert wind down the tower. A thin, nonstick membrane carries the wind downward, while mist generators at the top add additional cooling to the air.

A modern take on ancient architecture