Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 48: O-14; Swiss cheese building, Business Bay - Dubai

When one mentions Dubai to an outsider, one of the first things that often comes to mind is its amazing Architecture! Be it the worlds tallest building, the 828m Burj Khalifa or the amazing 7 star Burj al Arab hotel, there are plenty of examples of fine Architecture in Dubai.

One of the more recent examples of its modern Architecture, is the O-14 building; a relatively low, 23 floor high-rise, in Business Bay. Sometimes referred to as the "Swiss cheese" building, it has a 40cm concrete shell with more than 1000 large and medium large holes. 

It seems the unusual design was originally mainly for astethic purposes, but to the surprise of the design office, the space between the concrete shell and the office building wall, creates some kind of a vacuum. While the cool air filters through the holes, the hot air is forced up and away from the inner tower, reducing the energy costs by up to 30%!    

O-14 building Dubai Business Bay

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 10-24mm f4 Fujinon lens, handheld
ISO 3200, 14mm (21mm full frame equivalent), f8, 1/340s
RAW development in Lightroom 5.6
Nik SilverEfex Pro 2 for Black and White conversion
Photoshop CC 2014 for local contrast 

More architectural images from Dubai can be found here.

Remember: "Logic will take you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere" - Albert Einstein

Happy shooting,
BJORN

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