In an attempt to create an inspiring artwork from science and natural powers, Karim Mahmoud Elnabawy Balbaa has integrated science technologies with some new artistic shapes and the result is something he calls the “Layers of Dubai”. The two towers that stand 140 meters generate both solar and wind power. Balbaa’s entry for the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition is expected to attract people to the site with their strange look and height that can be seen from any part of the city.
Inspired by the fluid shape of the desert sands surrounding Dubai, the Layers of Dubai includes a solar chimney that is designed to take full advantage of hot air and the solar radiation, while the electric carbon shafts generates energy with piezoelectric movement. In addition, it features wind turbines, solar panel and “wind waves” that generate power from the spinning of the inner circular cylinders connecting the two towers.