LAVA wins first prize for masdar world's first sustainable city in UAE
 
LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE
aug 28, 2009

LAVA wins first prize for masdar world's first sustainable city in UAE

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ madsar, UAE by LAVA image courtesy LAVA

giant umbrellas, with a design based on the principles of sunflowers, will provide moveable shade in the day, store heat, then close and release the heat at night in the plaza of a new eco-city in the united arab emirates.

the ‘sunflower umbrellas’ are one aspect of the winning design by the international practice laboratory for visionary architecture (LAVA) for the city centre for masdar in the UAE – the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city powered entirely by renewable energy sources.

masdar is a planned city located 17 kilometres from abu dhabi. a government initiative, the city is being constructed over seven phases and is due to be completed by 2016.

the city centre includes a plaza, five-star hotel, long stay hotel, a convention centre and entertainment complex and retail facilities.

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ madsar, UAE image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ madsar, UAE image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE madsar project UAE – hotel image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE madsar project UAE at night image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ at night image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ at night image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ at night image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ – how they function image courtesy LAVA LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ – section image courtesy LAVA

LAVA wins first prize for masdar   world's first sustainable city in UAE ‘sunflower umbrellas,’ – section image courtesy LAVA

  • and where did all the building materials come from?
    how were they transported to the city site?
    how were the roads built that carried to raw materials to the city site?
    What is the impact of new roads on wildlife?
    ect…

    Cities Will Never Be Sustainable.

    thatguy28
  • the building with no roof , if it rains , it will be dirty on the road, and how the umbrellas give heat to the building? but the idea is beautiful , imaginative .

    helen
  • LoL, this thing is missing a lot of structural supports. Imaginative, yes. Expensive, yes. Realistic, no.

    A.
  • wicked idea! would be so amazingly awesome if comes to reality.

    thinles
  • if it ever gets built.

    The deep gloomy canyon of an atrium reminds me of those depressing malls built in the 70’s and early 80’s.

    theAOW
  • wow i like it very much
    very good design and scenes

    arch_mohamed yasser
  • son siempre la cosas las mas simples que funcionan lo mejor… … … verdad?

    po, from GDL
  • Hopefully Americans would see the irony of an oil-rich nation plans to build sustainable (green) projects like this.

    whatsthebigidea
  • a futuristic vision –
    realistic and also not so expensive
    beautiful Architecture.

    joe G
  • another unrealistic and expensive fantasy

    Terence

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