This monument to the legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding president of the UAE and reflects his love of nature and Falconry (hence the wings). The architects Foster + Partners intended the wings to function more than just beautiful architectural additions, they also act as an efficient system to help cool the building's interior...!
The towers heat up and act as thermal chimneys to draw cooling air currents naturally through the museum. Fresh air is captured at low level and drawn through buried ground-cooling pipes and then released into the museum's lobby. The heat at the top of the towers works to draw the air up vertically through the galleries due to the thermal stack effect. Air vents open at the top of the wing-shaped towers taking advantage of the negative pressure on the lee of the wing profile to draw the hot air out.