MAS Architecture Studio created a sustainable air conditioning tower using cardboard and aluminum for Dubai Design Week. The tower was created as a modern take on the wind towers often found in the Arabian Gulf, while serving as a node to the great towers and buildings Dubai is known for. The one major difference with this tower is its classic approach to air conditioning, which doesn't rely on electricity to function.
While high technology and mechanical systems are typically the answer to acclimation in climates and regions like Dubai, MAS Architecture and its owners wanted to make the air conditioning tower to be zero-waste and sustainable. Known as a burjeer, it was constructed from 480 layers of reclaimed cardboard and aluminum sheets. Both materials were left untreated in order to keep the tower as organic as possible.
The tower acts as an air conditioner with the windcatcher on top of the tower catching the wind and bringing it down as a cool breeze to the people sitting in the bottom space.