Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens’ new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant’s own technology to boost its performance. These include an Advanced Building Management System to enhance energy efficiency and savings, security systems such as CCTV and access control, a fire alarm, gas suppression and a state-of-the-art lighting control and management system.
Floated on stilts to create a shaded urban plaza that makes use of the prevailing winds to create a comfortable microclimate, the building takes the form of a highly insulated “box within a box” protected by an incredibly efficient inner skin that keeps solar gain to an absolute minimum. Thanks to the external shading system, this office building enjoys plenty of daylighting, and a thoughtful layout of interior lights (i.e. never located above desks so that employees can control their own lighting requirements with desktop lamps) that help to minimize energy waste.