A Facade Grows From The Sea To Become A Wildlife Habitat
Sometimes a design really knocks you out, and you wonder at the capability of the human mind to conceive it and create it in such a way that it serves our need to utilize renewable resources, our need for beauty and wonder, and the need to create safe refuge for the world's wildlife. The GEOtube, a plan for the city of Dubai by California architectural firm Faulders Studio, will be such a wonder.
The GEOtube is a structure that will build itself. Located less than three miles from the saltiest sea in the world, the Persian Gulf, the initial structure, consisting of mesh and connective pipes, will be an ever-changing facade created by the salt of the sea. The sea waters will be piped into the GEOtube through a 3 mile buried pipeline up the side of the structure and 'gravity sprayed' over the building 'skin.' As the water evaporates the salt deposits will cling to the mesh, eventually creating a solid white plain.
How long will that take? Who knows? Maybe 100 years. Maybe more. But for now millions of visitors and residents can watch the structure grow and native species rest and nest. And eventually, the GEOtube will offer 'an accessible surface to access crystal salt.'