Siemens and Sheppard Robson had one over-arching goal for the new middle east headquarters which was to maximize energy efficiency by building more with less. The 20,000 sq meter building is designed as a box within a box featuring a highly insulated and tight inner envelope covered with a highly engineered aluminum facade to reduce solar heat gain. Designed through an iterative process of traditional design and parametric analysis, the lightweight aluminum external shading system which minimizes solar gain while maximizing daylighting and views from the building.
The ground floor is conceived as a shaded public plaza and encourages pedestrian activity in and under the building to connect with the light rail station nearby. External rooms, retail space and two office reception areas are situated in this open air public space and serve as an entrance to the building. Inside there are nine atria that punctuate the office space to provide more natural daylighting. The open column-free floorplates makes use of an innovative post-tensioned flat slab with integrated void-forming technology that reduces materials and maximizes flexibility in office planning.
Siemens Headquarters are currently under construction with a completion expected sometime in 2012. The design team is aiming for LEED Platinum certification as a way of aligning their project with the vision of a low carbon Masdar City.
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