Gallery: World’s Largest Sun-Responsive Façade Shades Abu Dhabi’s Impre...

 
Abu Dhabi's 25-story Al Bahr Towers stand at the eastern gateway to the city, where they serve as headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC). The mercury can hit 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer in the United Arab Emirates’ largest city and capital, but Aedas Architects, working with Arup Engineers, created an incredible mashrabiya façade that pays homage to traditional Arabian architecture and design. The geometric patterns that comprise this gigantic screen include over 1,000 moving elements that contract and expand during the day depending on the sun’s position - similar to Jean Nouvel's Institut du Monde Arabe. Construction on the towers is now complete.

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  1. roger schaerer September 15, 2012 at 1:30 am

    The Al Bahr tower is indeed stunning and will be highly efficient for energy saving. My only concern would be the relaiability and workability of those sunshades, consider where they come from. Time will tell…………

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