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  • Abu Dhabi has an ancient history, but sometimes it feels like this city has sprung up overnight.

  • It was developed at lightning pace and it's become a laboratory for pioneering architecture.

  • Today I'm gonna try and get to the soul of the city.

  • And I'm starting at the holiest building in the a the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

  • Hi.

  • Good morning.

  • How are you?

  • This most beautiful building is all covered.

  • The glad with white, pure marble thes columns.

  • They have beautiful, intricate floral patterns.

  • It seems like they are growing.

  • And you are like elegant way.

  • Yes, this mosque is a combination off.

  • Different styles, different elements.

  • Different concepts of design might be an encyclopedia.

  • Whoa!

  • What?

  • This is unbelievable.

  • You're now in the largest prayer room in the mosque.

  • This is the world's largest chandelier.

  • You are stepping now on the words largest hand knotted carpet.

  • How maney nuts make up the copper.

  • Very good question.

  • 2.6 billion nuts.

  • This is amazing!

  • This is like a palace of superlatives.

  • So this mosque is unusual in the region for being open to non Muslims.

  • The founder of this mosque When he built the mosque, he waas passionate about creating a place based on tolerance, peace, coexistence on the values of our religion.

  • The Sheikh Zayed Mosque draws on centuries of tradition, but now I'm on my way to somewhere that's setting a blueprint for the future Master City.

  • This is an experiment to create a low carbon neighborhood using solar panel and conceptual design.

  • I'm off to meet Chris.

  • He's one of the architects at Master City, and he's going to take me on a tour of the area.

  • I can feel the wind this, like so in here that's the marriage of architectural and air movement Way are turning the building into a funnel.

  • We have a big opening over there, a small opening behind here, and drives the wind to help cool down the courtyard in ST.

  • One of the reasons why I really wanted to come here was right around in one of the driverless cars.

  • This is it didn't press the button didn't start an engine.

  • Just gonna go for a little dry mugged me.

  • I thought, We're going that way.

  • Seeing these buildings it's or inspiring.

  • It makes you wonder what's humanly possible if you want to experience innovation and ingenuity, especially on architectural level.

Abu Dhabi has an ancient history, but sometimes it feels like this city has sprung up overnight.

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Exploring Abu Dhabi's architecture

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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