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.

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ madsar, UAE image courtesy LAVA

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ madsar, UAE image courtesy LAVA

madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

madsar project UAE image courtesy LAVA

madsar project UAE – hotel image courtesy LAVA

madsar project UAE at night image courtesy LAVA

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ at night image courtesy LAVA

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ at night image courtesy LAVA

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ at night image courtesy LAVA

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ – how they function image courtesy LAVA

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ – section image courtesy LAVA

‘sunflower umbrellas,’ – section image courtesy LAVA

  • another unrealistic and expensive fantasy

    Terence says:
  • a futuristic vision –
    realistic and also not so expensive
    beautiful Architecture.

    joe G says:
  • Hopefully Americans would see the irony of an oil-rich nation plans to build sustainable (green) projects like this.

    whatsthebigidea says:
  • son siempre la cosas las mas simples que funcionan lo mejor… … … verdad?

    po, from GDL says:
  • wow i like it very much
    very good design and scenes

    arch_mohamed yasser says:
  • 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 says:
  • wicked idea! would be so amazingly awesome if comes to reality.

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

    A. says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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?

    Cities Will Never Be Sustainable.

    thatguy28 says:
  • cutting down more trees i see

    The guy says:
  • The oil rich countries understand that the oil is limited and will one day run out. They are preparing for the inevitable. Seems like we oil mongering countries would catch a hint.

    stumbling observer says:
  • Seriously the plants will get dust on them get pests and diseases because of a lack of heavy droplets on leaves and someone might spray a pesticide?…..:)

    reality is fantasy... says:
  • The interior renderings make me think they took two FLLW buildings and mashed them up at a mega-scale: the Johnson Wax offices (the big umbrellas are almost verbatim) and the Guggenheim…

    Vlad the Impatient says:
  • well if they were going to build a self sustaining city they should have built a city for people to live in, not a tourist destination. many people will want to visit…and how will they get there?? we all know there not going to cycle..when you add up the cost of air travel by the visiting tourists, the fuel used to ship the food and other material supplies needed to run a city it doesnt look so self sufficiant after all

    not so sure about this says:
  • They are actually creating living space, and an entire university in the city. The tourism attractions is the extra push to feed and drive the economy out there because not all the cities withing the UAE have oil to run off of. Dubai does not have oil and is run primarily on marketing/trade and tourism. Projects like this city are a testing of the waters for the middle east to eventually launch on larger scales. And it is a very, very realistic city that will be complete soon. I work out in the middle east and the only people that would doubt the construction of such cities out there are people who have yet to visit Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. And remember commenter that what even thoughts or arguments you post about technical questions to whether or not it is physically possible to construct or if certain theories can be successful, these are people with more money then you will ever live to even count, and they are working with top scientist and professionals from all over the WORLD to calculate, analyze, speculate and execute these plans. When they said self sustaining they are referring to energy consumption. With the heat reaching levels of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and almost 365 days of sunlight they can do it. The people within the United states can’t understand the directions other countries are going because we have no neighboring countries to team up with. It’s not a statement to attack my people or government or even out potential. It is just not east to understand, relate or even compare to because many countries that neighbor one another tend to work together on large projects such as the European union for example, or these cities and other crazy buildings and energy changes in the middle east, or Asia working together on research. So one can comment on such an article without having to attack anyone in anything. It is a reality that cities like this will emerge in the middle east. It is not however a reality that the United States will see, simply because our country functions differently. You can’t compare apples to oranges, and to disagree on the point that the different countries of the different regions of the world function differently, is ignorant.

    Omz says:
  • disagree on the point that the different countries of the different regions of the world function differently, is ignorant.

    sall says:

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