Award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster and Partners, designed their sixth project for leading techology brand Apple in Dubai. The project located in Dubai Mall which is the one of the most visited urban centers in the world and it overlooks the world’s tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa and the world’s largest choreographed fountain Dubai Fountain.
Most striking part of the project, it includes massive oriel window which has a unique system of 18 moving “solar wings” that shade the terrace during the day to prevent from the hot weather and open widely at night to reveal breathtaking views. The design is a contemporary take on the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, a projected bay window characterized by its decorative wooden screen.
According to Stefan Behling, head of the Foster + Partners Studio, ‘’ The design of Apple Dubai Mall is about creating an exceptional architectural and social experience for visitors, bringing to the fore new ideas about the evolving role of apple flagships in the community.
The opening and closing of these majestic solar wings is analogous to a delicate ballet recital but on a monumental scale. In some ways it is a very spiritual experience, with the sun streaming through them and creating the most delicate and beautiful patterns of light and shade – a seamless blend of technology and culture.’’
Carbon-fibre screens designed to protect the space from the over-heating during the day, but open to give access to the terrace at night. The movement of these “solar wings” is intended to echo the motion of an eagle flapping its wings.