These Towers Look Normal, But When The Sunlight Hits Them… MAGICAL.
Abu Dhabi is a place that's regularly treated to skorching sunshine and skyrocketing temperatures, so a building that protects itself from sunlight in heat actually makes a lot of sense. These stunning twin office buildings shield themselves from sunlight in the most unusual way, and the resulting effect is totally amazing.
The design was created by Aedas Architects, and inspired by the mashrabiya -- a type of sunscreen that shields many windows in Arab homes from the bright and unrelenting sun. These buildings take mashrabiya to a new level. See the photos below.
Here's a view from the base of the two towers -- can you see the sunscreens built on?
They actually move depending on the light, heat, and time of day.
The towers are overlaid with a mechanized "skin," which is comprised of triangular panels that basically follow the sun.
Here's a time-lapse GIF of the building in action.
The screens on the outside of the building are controlled by high-tech computers.
The base of the 145m buildings are covered in glass.
The screens reduce heat inside the building -- and definitely help save on air conditioning bills.
As the world gets warmer by the year, we just might be seeing a lot more buildings with this built in sun protecting element.
There's also a building material that changes shape when it rains.
Source: Bored Panda