Project Overview


Masdar City + World Energy Council + Land Art Generator




International Competition


Public Space Design + Public Art(+Energy)




1st Prize

Project Description



What kind of art should be built for the rapidly changing and developing desert city? The main concept lies in the idea that the art in Masdar city needs a unique installation with the unprecedented characters and functions more than merely utilize the cutting edge technologies?

Geologically, Abu Dhabi is in the ‘Sunbelt region’ in which solar irradiation levels are very high. A solar panel in the UAE can potentially produce double the electrical energy compared to a country with relatively lower irradiation levels such as any countries in Europe. So the first aim is to use the solar energy to experience new micro climates that can not be experienced in the desert. At the same time with providing a surreal place in the desert, we propose a piece of art like dynamic organs that accumulate energy and consume it for self-sustainability. The art responds to sunlight and can also be directed according to the activities of program, providing a pleasant shade and mist during the day and a light at night. The art designed to form a civic park which is accessible all year round day or night to provide a continuous activation of the site including events, festivals and annual activities. Due to the characteristic of creating new surreal environment in desert, this art can be called “Starlit Stratus.”

Sun Energy Driven Environmental Design
Aiming to create comfortable urban outdoor space based on the analysis of Sun Path (Shadow) and Radiation energy consumption.


Origami Structure for Responsive Self-sustainable Organ
Inspired by Ron Resch’s Pattern for Dual Functionality (Energy Collector & Emitter)


Contextualized Art Installation
Considerate Design for Continuous and Flexible Activities


Rhythmic Spatial Creator, Axonometric
Sun Responsive Urban-scale Street Scape at Day Time


Interactive Art Reacting Time, Axonometric
Light Emitting Floating Figures at Night with Dynamic


Time Sensitive yet Energy Collecting & Light Emitting Art


Renewable Resources for Self-sustainable Organ


Even though the site is built as a park, it is not a comfortable place to take diverse activities for visitors or residents because of the large amount of solar heat gain. But, the columns spread at 15-meter intervals for flexible site design are designed to respond to the sun and create shade while folding or unfolding like an umbrella. The form of the canopy is inspired by the identity of the site, Abu Dhabi and desert, providing an iconic public brand. It spreads broadly during the day, but at night it folds and changes into lighting, as it looks like flowers are rare in desert.

The art can be used permanently without additional operating costs because the PV panels collect energy and consumes the energy it stored during the day for light at night. A pipe with a smaller diameter was inserted into the hollow steel pipe column to adjust the height. The height can be adjusted to the program of the entire site, sometimes to be elevated as a gate for festivals, or to provide an optimal shading area, thus creating a dynamic space and having a constantly changing identity. To reduce wind load, the canopy height can be adjusted when wind storms happen.

There is no doubt that the Starlit Stratus will enable new surreal space experiencing, just as meeting a mirage in the desert.


Misty Civic Space, Perspective
Serving Potable Water and Shade for Visitors and Locals

Barrier-free Civic Park, Perspective
Starlit Open and Safe Public Space at Night


Open Civic Park, Perspective at Day Time
Traversing between two buildings, visitors or residents encounter local landscape, recreating and celebrating Landscapes in Masdar City

Interactive Responsive Arts, Perspective at Night
Landscaped civic park provides an open space for gathering, resting in conjunction with folded art pieces, Starlit Stratus