Dubai is a speculation. It is an instant city, drawn in the sand, and built from credit and ambition. Global flows and wealth accumulate here in unoccupied towers and man made islands rendered against the environmental extremes of the Arabian desert.
Developed for XVA gallery in Dubai, this proposal is a singing sand storm warning system embedded within an ostentatious twin 800-meter tall tower scheme that creates a catalytic - while critical - relationship between Dubai and its natural environment. Like an urban-scale musical instrument, resonating cords on top of the towers are tuned to achieve harmonic resonance when wind speeds reach sandstorm potential creating a new sonic relationship between an individual and the city through a dynamic and mutable architecture that is linked to a local natural phenomenon.
The proposal is equal parts urban-scale musical instrument and critique of Dubai's architectural opulence. 2million sf of retail, hotel, office, solar thermal energy production, observatory, transit hub, and a museum of modern art are designed to house off shore wealth while remaining largely unoccupied. The towers are designed through computational optimization to be an image of a building rather than a building. The building's form, the texture of its facade and its site arrangement are all driven by computational optimization work flows that privielge the buildings atmospheric effects and visual presence over functional considerations. The inefficiencies and overages produced by this workflow are highlighted as luxurious components of a 21st Century Dubai lifestyle for unoccupied towers.