‘Prism Cloud’ Project over Abu Dhabi desert

Architects Matthew Johnson and Jason Logan have designed a unique project as an entry to the Land Art Generator Competition near Abu Dhabi. Called the Prism Cloud, it’s a cable-net structure that would hover over the desert and generate energy at the same time that it splits or diffracts light.

Light is made visible by splitting prismatically into its various colors. Wind is made visible and audible as the canopy ripples and moves. The sky and the sand are framed in experiential oases made from concrete, which act as focal points and structure for the canopy. The canopy also harnesses solar energy through its array of photovoltaic cells.