Tower to Grow Own Skin
Geotube proposal, Dubai. Image by Faulders Studio.
Dubai has provided significant support for ambitious architectural projects, but a new generation of works marks the progression from the implausible to the inconceivable. A new building proposed by California-based Faulders Studio, for example, is designed to grow its own facade.
Called the “Geotube,” the tower will be erected as a large superstructure with a pump-fed salt deposition system. Using salt from the high-saline content Persian Gulf, the tower cladding will emerge over time—transforming from a lacy filigree to a translucent white skein. According to architect Thom Faulders, “The result is a specialized habitat for wildlife that thrives is this environment, and an accessible surface for the harvesting of crystal salt.”