While the final form of the Menorah Islands will certainly go through many permutations based on input from our upcoming feasibility studies, as well as input from the public, our initial vision includes a rather striking architectural feature at the center of each artificial island.
In addition to serving as examples for sustainable city planners across the world, each island would house an institute of higher learning. These institutes would be based inside a 1,000 foot high tower that would not only provide a beautiful “candle” effect at the end of each arm of the candelabra, but a different purpose for each island.
This is city planning at its finest. By clustering people together with similar interests and educational backgrounds, we promote a culture of mutual interest and collaboration. If implemented in this fashion, we imagine seven cities and two underwater facilities, each of which will specialize in a specific intellectual discipline.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of each tower is the uniquely designed “pine cone” at the top. You may have noticed while watching our introductory video that the tops of the towers appear to open up, much like real pine cones do when they are dry.
Unlike pine cones in nature though, the tops of our towers will open up during the day to reveal solar panels that will soak up power from the sun and power the towers themselves. The shape we chose is also not an accident, as the pine cone has been an ancient symbol for wisdom and knowledge across many civilizations.
This revolutionary technology is one of our favorite parts of the Menorah Islands design and is a real testament to the talents and skills of our architects and planners.
While we cannot say for certain that the final plans for our artificial islands will look exactly like this, we can be sure that this beautiful vision is sure to inspire designers around the world. We encourage your feedback and participation on this unique design and all aspects of the Menorah Islands Project.