An architectural NFT from Dubai is taking the virtual world by storm
An inclusive helix-shaped metaverse that brings together diverse digital communities for the greater good: it might look like the plot of the next one Matrix film, but in reality – or rather in virtuality – it is the setting of the first architectural NFT in the Middle East. Named Babel 4.0 after the mythical Tower of Babel, this digital interpretation of the utopian vertical city may well present solutions for deeper cooperation, trust and harmony in the real world.
Bringing a whole new set of talent including gamers, hardware developers, coders, visual effects specialists, and storytellers into an architectural setting devoid of a physical environment or ties to any specific place, culture, or people, Dubai-based practice Dewan Architects + Engineers a Babel 4.0 is an ever-evolving metaverse where tower silos provide scenarios for the collective advancement of its members.
Interestingly, Babel 4.0 has no owners. This vertical city is based solely on autonomous dialogue and exchange between its members, the desire to express its heritage and share its knowledge being the prerequisite. This metaverse even has its own parliament; the information discussed and lessons learned here can be used in the metaverse but also in the real world. Visitors can use their NFTs to access virtual museums, cultural spaces, use various time zones and shortcuts to dictate their length of stay, and even interact with members.
The metaverse architecture is the next logical step for Dewan, as the studio is developing a dedicated design research lab to support digital investors and virtual developers. The firm envisioned Babel 4.0 as an extraordinary non-profit library and think tank for architects, designers, project managers and suppliers around the world.
The original Tower of Babel had 100 gates; 25 on each side. Dewan intends to create 100 NFTs as part of the Babel 4.0 collection, which will be donated to prominent scholars and leaders in the fields of design and architecture. These NFTs can be used and exchanged for plots in the tower to hold or gain access to exhibits and displays.
This article first appeared in AD Middle East