Proposed Art and Science Centre in Dubai
The objective is to create a unique landmark and high profile sculpture-like building. By suggesting two hands holding a globe of light, Nicholas’s concept symbolizes human values and achievements, such as technological progress, caring for the environment, community spirit and partnership. Functionally, the "palms" and "fingers" could accommodate a combination of public and private uses such as art gallery, performing arts, science centre, boutiques and restaurants. The “wrists” are reduced to the minimum required by structural piers, stairs and elevators in order to minimize the obstruction of the views to and from the water.
The glazed geo-sphere would shelter a mini ecosystem with a flower and butterfly garden. Added as a science fiction element, the "flying saucer" with vertical uplift would reinforce the high-tech appearance and it could also be developed as a direct access into the geo-sphere. On the other hand, the organic shapes are intended to advocate harmony with nature and the surrounding landscape. The building is shown located on the water, but alternatively, it may be placed on the ground or a combination of both.