Skyscraper Sheath Acts Like A Giant Pair Of Sunglasses [Pics]

Skyscraper Sheath Acts Like A Giant Pair Of Sunglasses [Pics]

The Equator Tower designed by REX Architecture is wrapped in a retractable sun shade.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 6 january 2014

REX architecture revealed its designs for the Equator Tower, an 80-story building to be constructed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and wrapped in an external retractable sun shade.

The building is located on the equator, which means it receives nearly identical amounts of direct sunlight on all sides. The sun shade, which is made of PTFE-coated glass fiber-reinforced fabric with a 85% opacity, serves as protection from the sun’s glare without sacrificing the stunning views of the city. The shade also helps make the structure energy efficient and manage heating and cooling costs.



The retractable veil is silver on the external side to reject heat and black on the inside to improve visibility. The shade is also segmented into shingles to let air pass through easily and make the whole thing easy to retract.

The tower will mostly house office facilities, as well as retail outlets, restaurants, bars, exclusive clubs, and auditoriums.

Scroll through more images of the Equator Tower in the gallery below.

REX Architecture

Source: designboom

Images: REX Architecture


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