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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Layers of Dubai by Mekano Studio

June 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mekano Studio

esign will save the world

We are running out of Time to save our planet, our sources of Energy are nearly depleted, Global Warming problem is the most threat that can destroy the whole planet, The Climate is deeply Affected by the fossil fuels. Unfortunately, Human been are the cause of all those problems and we who should solve all of those for a better future to the upcoming generation.

Layers Of Dubai

  • Architects: Mekano Studio
  • Project: Layers of Dubai
  • Location:Dubai, UAE
  • Type: Competition  (honorable mention)
  • Client: studied impact   (land art generator initiative)

Layers Of Dubai

Designer: Karim Elnabawy  ( Mekano Studio )

-An Egyptian Architect , interested in modern, contemporary architecture and sustainability.
-Working under the concept of : sustainable design for a better living future.
-Co-founder of Mekano studio based in Alex, Egypt ( 2010 )

karim elnabawy

Layers of Dubai

Feel the Nature, Love the nature, it will never fail you, in order to solve those problems – by the people  -they must first love their nature and know how it’s important for the living, life and the future. The art and inspiration must come out from the natural powers itself, with some fancy windscape and sunscape shows all around the form, and by making the nature deal directly with the form and control it.

Main View

The idea of making the people knows the real use of the sun , wind , water , and green spaces, to make them look from another perspective to the powers of nature that will save the planet, they will Surely will take care of it, and protect it at all costs. To have a generation capable of saving the World, open-minded people that know what they can do.

Main Tower's View

Form Concept

Dubai and UAE has a unique character from the way they become one of the greatest economic powers in the world, starting from dust to the top. The main design concept is based on the Dubai layers and the harmony of  all those , land, earth and nature. the layers of Dubai in the past to this moment that contained a sandy land , plants , sky, sun , winds , buildings ending up high with skyscrapers

Night View

Void of Power and Inspiration

the 2 towers will play an important role in Attracting people to the site with their strange look and high towering that can be seen from any part of the city , each one is 140 m high,  making 2 towers is better than making 1 huge mass that blocks the view and this could have harmed the skylines of Dubai .  With this steel lines on it, it can inspire the attendance with its visual effects in night, the movement, and the sky view.

Night View

The contour lines defers from space to another with wide heights in the site , the form is shaped like that in order to fit well in the site and it’s Adjacent to the contour lines that is higher than 5 meters.

  • the form lines on site were inspired by the desert sands, the form is like been risen out of the sands and it really suits the whole environment with the lagoons beside it, they look really similar in curves case.
  • the form looks fluid in terms of shaping, this can be a great advantage for a land art generator initiative because it can now fit on any other site in the future.

Night View


Performance: With free resources all around Dubai , the land art generator will distribute clean energy all over the city.
Inspiration: integrating science technologies with some new artistic shapes and forms to inspire the viewers and make the art from science and natural powers.
Activation: to activate and operate the sustainable technology in accordance with the functional needs of the form and the environment, during all the year.

Night View


A land art generator needs lots of energy in order to support the city, on a huge site, it needs lots of sustainable techniques in order to take full advantage of wind and sun and not relying on only one power generation method, which can get the viewers bored with the art itself. The idea is to integrate the sun techniques with the wind in order to make the required power from sun and wind all over the year. Taking full advantage of the sun and tiring the winds until it leave the building.

Night View

Palms view

Towers View

Form analysis

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