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A proposal to wrap the world's tallest building in a reflective fabric

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As if the Burj Khalifa wasn't spectacular enough, a Dubai-based think tank has proposed a radical installation that would encase the entire building in a super-lightweight, reflective and semi-transparent material suspended off its central spire.

Called EXO-BURJ, the project was proposed by Dubai-based interdisciplinary practice and think tank OP-EN.


The casing would reflect the superstructure and its surroundings. Visitors would be able to walk right up to the encasement.


The designers write:

In the spirit of exploring creative potential in the public realm, Exo-Burj aims to create a fluid urban ambience by suspending a reflective fabric material around the 828-metre tower, complementing the structure's reflective facade...The end-result would amplify the visual perspectives of the city's skyline, augment the tower's symbol as an urban centre of gravity and create an artistic atmosphere on a vast architectural scale.

[ h/t Design Bloom | Images: OP-EN ]

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