Ap­ple spreads its wings

Identity - - PORTFOLIO - TEXT: STEVE HILL

The new Ap­ple Dubai Mall fea­tures 18 ‘so­lar wings’ that pro­vide shade dur­ing the day, be­fore open­ing in the evening to give visi­tors a stun­ning view. The new Ap­ple Dubai Mall fea­tures one of the world’s largest ki­netic art in­stal­la­tions.

The con­tin­u­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Ap­ple de­sign team, led by Jony Ive, and Foster + Part­ners rein­ter­preted the tra­di­tional Ara­bic Mashra­biya for the store, which is home to 18 ‘so­lar wings’ that pro­vide shade to visi­tors dur­ing the day and open dur­ing the evening to pro­vide views of a stun­ning set­ting over­look­ing The Dubai Foun­tain.

Ste­fan Behling, head of stu­dio, Foster + Part­ners, said: “The open­ing and clos­ing of these So­lar Wings is anal­o­gous to a del­i­cate bal­let recital – but on a mon­u­men­tal scale.

“In some ways it is a very spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence, with the sun stream­ing through them and creat­ing the most del­i­cate and beau­ti­ful pat­terns of light and shade – a seam­less blend of tech­nol­ogy and cul­ture.”

Each wing is 11 me­tres tall, three me­tres wide and weighs 1200 kilo­grams. They are made of car­bon fi­bre and fea­ture mul­ti­ple lay­ers of tubes that form a dense net that still al­lows shop­pers to have clear views out of the mall.

Visi­tors can also en­joy a 5.5-me­tre-deep ter­race – com­plete with nine large trees within large planters in­cor­po­rat­ing seat­ing – af­ter en­ter­ing the two-storey store di­rectly from The Dubai Mall. These planters ro­tate me­chan­i­cally to en­sure that the trees re­ceive an even amount of sun­light.

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