Architects Matthew Johnson and Jason Logan have designed a unique project as an entry to the Land Art Generator Competition near Abu Dhabi. The exceptional idea behind the project aims at exploring beauty in the extreme landscape of the Middle East by amplifying its effects. Called the Prism Cloud, the project visualizes a cable net structure that calls attention to atmospheric elements that might otherwise go unnoticed.
The cable net structure is made from steel and attached to concrete piers. The intricate network is fitted with alternating glass prisms and photovoltaic panels. The glass prism splits the light into spectral colors, creating a pool of multi-colored light for visitors to wander. Photovoltaic cells are pyramidal structures that absorb solar energy on their south sides, and act as wind-scoops on their north sides thereby creating a cool shady space. The structure appears like a mirage with its reflective upper surface shimmering, seeming to bend the light in the heat of the day.