OP-EN proposes wrapping world’s tallest building in fabric
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dubai-based interdisciplinary creative practice and think tank OP-EN, has proposed a site-specific installation to cover the world’s tallest man-made structure, the burj khalifa in dubai, united arab emirates. interacting with the 828 meter tower, the ‘exo-burj’ project seeks to complement and enhance the building’s existing reflective façade. the desert superstructure would be wrapped with a super-lightweight, reflective and semi-transparent fabric material suspended off its central spire.
visitors would not only be able to view the temporary installation from a distance, which would reflect the high-rise and its surroundings, but also walk up-close and experience the encasement first-hand. the proposal aims to offer a fluid, urban ambiance that amplifies the visual perspective of the city’s skyline, augment the ‘burj khalifa’ symbol as a defiance of gravity and highlight the immenseness of its architectural scale.
the installation proposes to wrap the ‘burj khalifa’ in dubai in a reflective fabric
drawing showing the urban relationship with its surroundings
diagram explaining amplifying the reflective nature of the tower