EXO-BURJ

Dubai-based interdisciplinary creative practice and think tank OP-EN, has proposed a site-specific installation to cover the world’s tallest man-made structure, the burj khalifa in dubai, united arab emirates. interacting with the 828 meter tower, the ‘exo-burj’ project seeks to complement and enhance the building’s existing reflective façade. the desert superstructure would be wrapped with a super-lightweight, reflective and semi-transparent fabric material suspended off its central spire. Visitors would not only be able to view the temporary installation from a distance, which would reflect the high-rise and its surroundings, but also walk up-close and experience the encasement first-hand. the proposal aims to offer a fluid, urban ambiance that amplifies the visual perspective of the city’s skyline, augment the ‘burj khalifa’ symbol as a defiance of gravity and highlight the immenseness of its architectural scale.

Exo-Burj is a site-specific installation interfacing with the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai as the primary central element. 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.

Exo-Burj is mainly comprised of a reflective super-lightweight and semi-transparent fabric, suspended from a support structure from the top of the tower.

The proposed support structure is fan-shaped, circling the Burj Khalifa with the main connection point stemming from the tower’s spire. Visitors would not only be able to view the temporary installation from a distance—which would reflect the tower and its surroundings—but also walk up-close and experience the installation first-hand.

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.
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".
Concept diagram
Drawing showing the urban relationship with its surroundings
City elements reflect each other, creating an interdependent reflective environment. Exo-Burj amplifies this relationship by interfacing with the most notable structure within the environment.
Diagram explaining amplifying the reflective nature of the tower
Reference:
 
- OP—EN
*OP—EN (Of Possibilities Engaging Novelty) is an interdisciplinary creative practice that seeks the unfamiliar and the interesting, unearthing potential through the power of ideas.
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