'Tower Skin' is an easy-to-construct "mesh textile" cocoon that literally stretches to cover the existing building from the ground up, leaving the iconic-but-obsolete original tower (which was considered "cutting edge" in the 1960s) untouched.
Besides making the UTS tower less of an eyesore, it will make it tons more 'green' by collecting solar energy and allowing more light into the interior of the building. At night, Tower skin lights up and even becomes an "intelligent media surface," communicating info about campus events in real-time.
The director of Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA), the team that developed the skin, said this:
“The reskinning technology could be easily applied to other buildings in need of a facelift such as the post-industrial abandoned buildings across Hong Kong and elsewhere. We can quickly and cheaply enhance their performance and aesthetics through this minimal intervention.”