Retractable mashribiya screens planned for secret Middle East project

New York architecture studio Rex has released plans for retractable mashrabiya screens to protect massive twin towers planned for an undisclosed location in the Middle East.

The 2,600,000ft2 towers are said to contain media offices, studios, an amphitheatre, auditorium and a theatre.

The screens will be placed on both sides of the towers, so as to react to the sun changing position throughout the day.

The ‘blooming’ mashribiya screens will protect the towers against excess solar gain and will respond to the sun’s movement acorss the sky. The screens will open instantaneously as well as at night.

“Both sides of each tower incorporate 14.5 m (47.5 ft) diameter, retractable sunshades to shield the headquarters from the unrelenting Middle Eastern sun,” said the Rex team.

“The geometry and overlap of the sunshades reference a traditional Arab Mashrabiya pattern, meeting the media companies’ shared desire for infusing the buildings with local iconography.”