The envelope of the 156m-high glass tower will be a fully sealed, modular, glazed curtain walling system, including silk-screened fritting
and an insulated 'shadow box' effect.
Technologies such as low emissivity coatings and fritting
are now commonplace, and will doubtless be extensively developed.
With staggered cantilevered glass panels allowing cross ventilation and with vertical fritting
accentuating the illusion of shimmering desert light, its form represents the cubic structure of the salt molecule--and so is a symbol of the life-giving process of desalination.
This resulted in an area of fritting
being added to the glazed lid of the cannons to resolve an unacceptable condition that was made apparent from simulations and the construction of a full-scale mock-up.
Treatment of the glass using fritting
, silk screening or interlayers does not have to be just decoration as Schittich suggests.