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An oculus (plural oculi, from Latin oculus, 'eye') is a circular opening in the center of a dome or in a wall. It is also known as an œil-de-boeuf from the French, or simply a "bull's-eye".(Wikipedia).

The valley and the spaces around it in Jewel have a mostly conventional concrete-and-steel structure. But the toroid, a glass-and-steel grid shell 200 m across at its widest point, is highly sophisticated, and largely self-supporting, except for 14 tree-like columns. The shell consists of hollow-section steel beams, 4 inches wide and of varying depths, connected by precision steel nodes. The grid shell launches from a ring beam that encircles Jewel at its fifth level and marks a transition in the cladding, with mostly aluminum panels below it and glass above. The roof system spans to the funnel-shaped oculus, from which the veil of water called the “rain vortex” falls.

Yesterday I showed the lower part of the waterfall, in the basement. (there are five stories above the ground and five below). Only this small part has an acrylic wall. I liked an amusing view from above, but it was just a very small part of the complex. This part was kind of my discovery as it is much less visited and most people do not realize it exists. From the people of my group, I was the only one going there, just for taking a photo
(not to spend there a few hours).
Here the upper part - the opening in the doughnut-like structure. Something like a big funnel. From where the water comes and where it flows later - I have no idea.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13027 W: 139 N: 33713] (153780)
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