Symbiotic architecture: Dubai and the three towers

Green building – or how nature and technology can cooperate to improve climatic conditions

An open dialogue between construction and environmental issues

More often than not, we tend to conceive the construction industry as the arch-enemy of nature. However, with a bit of digging, we can easily prove ourselves wrong. Indeed, there are many examples of symbiotic architecture, which aims at finding the perfect balance between nature and architecture.

Green building makes use of technology to create sustainable solutions, and designs buildings able to blend and communicate with the surrounding environment. The latest technological developments enable us to find clever ways to combine elements of nature with architectural marvels.

What’s green building?

Wait, let’s take a few steps back. If we really wish to understand what sustainable construction is all about, we need to dig out the concept of Diaresis. Good old Plato describes this term with a visual, effective example: do you remember when you were a child and – only god knows why! – you’d have fun tearing tree leaves apart? Some of us would brutally shred them, others would take the veins on leaves as guidelines to diligently tear them into pieces. The same concept applies to architecture: by examining and discovering nature, we can establish a special and dynamic relationship with her. That’s precisely what AmorphouStudio tried to do when designing the Symbiotic Towers for Dubai.

The Symbiotic Towers: an example of green building

The three towers are constituted of two different levels and a mutual square. They stand as a model of green building that is able to adapt to external climatic conditions and avoid any possible energy waste. Architects developed the project by starting from an analysis of the local environment. They chose a unique, versatile bioclimatic shell to cover up the towers. During the hottest periods of the year, the buildings are able to rotate on themselves to avoid further sun exposure.

The deck and the upper plaza inside the towers are two lavish green oases. Here. There’s plenty of trees, little ponds and photovoltaic umbrellas. These umbrellas collect the sun energy to power up a cross-ventilation system – and that’s how the towers keep their insides fresh all-year-round, providing the ideal microclimate even during the hottest months in Dubai.

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