Resembling of a super buildings in science fiction movies, the Technosphere, designed by James Law Cybertecture, is to be located in the Economic Zones World in Jabel Ali, Dubai, UAE. The concept behind the design is environmentally engaged – it celebrates Earth’s ecosystem and interprets it as a Cybertecture building that mimics the forces of nature to produce a structure, symbolizing the power of synergy between Nature and Technology.
Directed by sustainable principles, Thechnosphere is designed to use technologies which will enable the building to generate self breathing environment and to generate electricity form solar power, as a supplement resource. Sky gardens for offices and hotel not only give a outdoor terrace advantage to the occupants but also provide passive solar shielding from the sun as well as natural green plantations to contribute oxygen to the environment. Sphere-like building is equipped with water recycling system which minimizes the use and waste. This progressive development actually explores sustainable technologies and the planning principals to create a desert community that will be carbon neutral and zone waste.
The complex structural system of this boldly designed structure is comprise of a spherical shape exterior diagonal grid structure, the podium base portal with perimeter ranking columns and other internal major components such as steel roof trusses at top, core walls and shear walls, frames at typical floors and transfer beams. The internal structure as well as the podium floors is mostly of reinforced concrete.
Two different façade principles are engaged in Technosphere’s envelope design – the first is semi utilized system at the typical hotel / office towers while another is the point fixing spider system at the atrium area. Both are highly efficient in achieving high energy savings and acoustic performance.