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World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings

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The future is now in Dubai, London, and other cities being reshaped by these cool new buildings.

Al Bahar Towers, Abu Dhabi

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An ingenious marriage of traditional ideas and hyper-contemporary design, these two commercial towers—site of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council—stand out even in a city as devoted to avant-garde architecture as this UAE capital. The exterior of the buildings riff on the idea of mashrabiya, wooden lattice screens traditionally used in Middle Eastern homes to help cool rooms, now updated for the 21st century using computer-controlled panels. As the sun moves, the vertical strips open and close, letting in light while cutting out heat and reducing the need for air-conditioning. At night, all the panels close so that the buildings’ facades can be seen in all their glory.

World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings

Al Bahar Towers, Abu Dhabi

An ingenious marriage of traditional ideas and hyper-contemporary design, these two commercial towers—site of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council—stand out even in a city as devoted to avant-garde architecture as this UAE capital. The exterior of the buildings riff on the idea of mashrabiya, wooden lattice screens traditionally used in Middle Eastern homes to help cool rooms, now updated for the 21st century using computer-controlled panels. As the sun moves, the vertical strips open and close, letting in light while cutting out heat and reducing the need for air-conditioning. At night, all the panels close so that the buildings’ facades can be seen in all their glory.

Courtesy of Aedas
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