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Al Bahr Towers, Abu Dhabi

The new Abu Dhabi Investment Council headquarters comprise twin 25-storey office towers in the United Arab Emirates, each tower providing workspaces for between 1,000 and 1,100 employees. The design concept is both culturally and environmentally appropriate and complies with the aspirations of the recently published 2030 Abu Dhabi Development Plan.

The south-facing roofs of each tower incorporate photovoltaic cells, generating approximately five per cent of the total required energy from renewable energy sources.

The cocoon-like buildings are based on a pre-rationalised geometric form, fine-tuned using parametric design tools to achieve an optimal wall-to-floor area ratio. A solar-responsive dynamic shading screen further decreases solar gain. This ‘Mashrabiya’ acts as a secondary skin that mediates daylight and reduces glare as the ‘petals’ of each sunshade fold open and closed. The system is driven by an individual electric motor powered by renewable energy derived from the photovoltaic panels.

Project Scope

  • Fully-glazed unitised curtain wall
  • Secondary skin as dynamic Mashrabiya devices
  • Plant room cladding as unitised louvre systems
  • Podium cladding as a combination of unitised and stick systems

Project Info

Architect Main Contractor
Aedas Architects Al-Futtaim Carillion
Client Completion date
Abu Dhabi Investment Council 2013

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