'Starlit Stratus' wins Lagi 2019 Abu Dhabi award for Masdar City

Concept design of energy-generating public artwork for Masdar City includes a tessellation of solar modules

The concept design for Starlit Stratus.
The concept design for Starlit Stratus.

Details of the winning design for an energy-generating public artwork commissioned by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar) through Land Art Generator Initiative (Lagi) were revealed at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, with Lagi 2019 Abu Dhabi’s winner being New York City-based Sunggi’s Starlit Stratus.

The winning artwork uses a tessellation of solar modules that change their appearance throughout the day and transform into glowing orbs at night.

In addition to creating public space filled with shade and mist, the artwork – if constructed – would provide Masdar City’s grid with 2,484MWh of clean energy annually.

The second place award went to Ricardo Solar Lezama, Viktoriya Kovaleva, and Armando Solar for Sun Flower, a kinetic sculpture that uses the potential energy of its own weight using solar panels embedded within its petals, which “unfold in a performance at each setting sun”.

If built, the artwork would contribute 1,400MWh of clean energy to Masdar City’s grid.

The team behind Starlit Stratus will receive $40,000 (AED146,700) in prize money, while the Sun Flower team will receive $10,000 (AED36,700). Both winners were picked from 300 submissions that came from 65 countries, Masdar said in a statement.

Commenting on the initiative, executive director of sustainable real estate at Masdar, Yousef Baselaib, said: “It is fitting that [Masdar] is supporting the competition, which complements the holistic approach that Masdar City takes towards urban development based on the three pillars of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

“On behalf of Masdar, I’d like to warmly congratulate this year’s first and second prize Lagi winners. I hope that their designs can inspire others to use culture and renewable energy to further the global energy transformation.”

Lagi’s founding co-director, Robert Ferry, added: “The great energy transition provides the perfect platform for creatives to sit at the helm of designing our energy landscapes.

“The entries for Lagi 2019 Abu Dhabi for Masdar City show us how we can design new cultural landmarks with our new energy infrastructures – places that can stand for generations and serve as lasting monuments to this important time in human history.”

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