Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crescent and Moon Inspired Buildiing Designs - Part 1


My daughter advised me that the above pic that I posted last week of a crescent shaped building in Dubai, where she lives, was not an actual building but a design.  Oops, sorry.

The Crescent Moon Tower, intended for Dubai Park Zaabil, was designed by US company Transparent House.  According to the designers, it combines the symbolic and traditional form of the Muslim world with modern technology and construction methods, as well as reflecting the unity of the main characteristics of Dubai – the historical roots of the city and its level of development today.

 Following are some other designs for crescent and moon inspired buildings.

Apart from the above crescent shaped design for a building in Dubai, there is also the proposed New Moon building.

According to one commentary thereon:

Despite Dubai’s current financial troubles, the centrepiece of one of Dubai's biggest projects is forging ahead. New Moon, designed by Varabyeu Partners, is specially designed for an international design competition, and will be the centre piece of Zabeel Park, a new landscape park in the City of Dubai. The crescent-shaped construction, considered a symbol of power and energy in the Orient, aims ‘to accentuate prosperity of the present-day United Arab Emirates’.

Inside, the building provides for five levels with an observatory on every level, to symbolise the Five Pillars of Islam: faith (Shahadah), prayer (Salat), charity (Zakaat), lent (Sawm) and pilgrimage (Hajj). The design provides space for conferences and other group activities, a cafĂ©, a children’s library and a help desk.

Decorated with Arab calligraphy, the outward siding of the building is a steel frame with elements of varying transparency. An architectural solution like that makes it possible to regulate the level of illumination and air temperatures at the different levels of the New Moon, protect the interiors from direct sunlight and ensure free circulation of air flows. These and other means of passive protection recreate inside the building areas with a special microclimate, and reduce the burden on the power supply systems.

Korean Heerim Architects has tried to reinvent the skyscraper with their two projects in central Asian republic of Azerbaijan. The two skyscrapers will be built in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan with a view on the Caspian Sea . One building is called Full Moon Bay the other is Crescent and Caspian Plus. The two are going to be built on both side of the bay, acting as gateway markers.

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