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Reiser + Umemoto’s O-14

I’m so honored to have attended the Reiser and Umemoto’s lecture when I was in Columbia University two summers ago. They talked about the O-14 building which they were currently building at the time in Dubai’s business bay.

Form follows function in this building, in that its shell serves as the exoskeleton of the building, and the spacing between its shell and the building inside creates a chimney effect that lets hot air rise, therefore saving energy that would’ve otherwise be used for air conditioning.

Reiser mentioned during the lecture that because the screen of the shell is somewhat random, the people of Dubai had no idea how tall the building will end up being, and they have deemed it to be the spongebob building.

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