The project delights in the abundance of two natural resources on the desert coastal Abu Dhabi site: sunlight and saltwater. Heliotropic, sun tracking mirrors organized in radial arrays focus light on solar power towers, generating renewable energy for local residents. Pools form where the radial geometries overlap. Desalination pavilions at these pools generate clean water and highly saline byproduct. Clean water fills wading pools for recreational use on site. Saline water fills salt ponds, where halophytic organisms thrive, creating shifting plume paintings in the landscape. Salt crystals collect and grow on sculptural towers in the saline ponds.
|Publication status||Published - 2010|