Faulders Studio from Berkeley California has created a facade system for a building proposal in Dubai that builds itself over time, a “living-building” of sorts. A seemingly transparent mesh is actively sprayed with water from the Persian Gulf (some of the saltiest ocean waters on earth) and over time crystal deposits will form the facade into a textured opaque surface.
The below image shows the progression they predict over time.
Below is a diagram showing the initial mesh that will host the slowly growing collection of salt left behind after the water evaporates in Dubai’s extreme heat.
Below are some impressive renderings of the original structure.