THE MEANDER, ABU DHABI
- Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Year: 2019
- Building type and size: Public competition
- Author/Designer: YOUTH by Arhi.pro (Nadežda Vuković, Sara Vasić)
- Organizer: Bee Breeders Architecture Competition
- Area: Not specified
The Meander was a project for Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower architecture competition by Beebreeders.
Meander formation is a result of natural factors and processes. The waveform configuration of a stream is constantly changing. Fluid flows around a bend in a vortex. This process of making meanders seems to be a self-intensifying process in which greater curvature results in more erosion of the bank. The meander train is assumed to be the result of the fluctuations of the direction of flow due to the random presence of direction-changing obstacles in the river path.
This organically shaped tower mimics the way the river flows through nature. It blends with the surroundings of the reservate. Since the environment is rich with many different species of birds and plants, the tower and boardwalk make a friendly bond with the way of life. It unimposingly curves in the shape of pre-existing ponds and creates the symbiosis with its ambient. Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with.