Conceived as a pair of dancers moving together without touching, each of these multi-storey towers appears to lean in two directions — sideways and towards one another. The shorter tower, a 33 storey concrete frame structure, houses apartments; for the taller tower, a 42 storey structure accommodating office space, we used a steel frame.
Strikingly reflective surfaces, curvaceous lines and graceful, clean volumes are defining the newest addition to Abu Dhabi's impressive skyline.
'Shining Towers' may sound like a banal name for such a graceful looking architecture, but if you experience this structure up close, you may agree with it.
These towers reflect the surroundings with intense and unapologetic intensity and precision that the form of the building all but disappears in this densely built-up area of Abu Dhabi. Reflection is its camouflage.
'Shining Towers' are there, yet they are not. But if you look closely, you will see the refinement of its design that is considerate, sophisticated and borderline iconic.
I made several visits to this site prior to bringing heavy camera gear. I memorized the curves, direction of sun and how the light interacted with the tower at various times of the day.
I wanted to use the light and reflection as the language of this minimal, yet complex design.
I used Canon 5D Mk2 with Canon 17mm TS-E lens. Single frame exposure was exported from LR 4.3 as 16-bit TIFF file and converted to BW with Silver Efex Pro. There was quite a lot of noise in the picture after red filtering which rendered the sky practically black during the BW conversion. That took a while to clean out. I've added some additional highlights at the peak of the building which provided dramatic contrast to black sky.
Reflected buildings at the bottom got special treatment too - I wanted them to pop from the blackness in the glass this intense dance of shapes, light and shadows. Final result is very close to what I experienced while gazing at this jewel.