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Solar-Powered Crystalline Towers Unveiled for Abu Dhabi

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 16, 2010 @ 6:30 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Building,Solar Power | 1 Comment

abu dhabi investment council headquarters, aedas, arup, crystalline facade, solar power, green building, sustainable architecture [1]

Aedas and Arup’s design for the financial headquarters takes into consideration both traditional Islamic architecture as well as sustainability. The exterior is covered in a crystalline honeycomb [2] facade that serves to temper heat gain from the sun. The pattern was generated by a mathematically pre-rationalized form which was derived from Islamic designs – it acts as a dynamic ‘Mashrabiya [3]’ that opens and closes in accordance with the sun’s path. Estimates indicated that the screen will reduce cooling loads by 25%.

Each tower will feature a double-height space at the top of the tower for receptions that features asoutherly sloping roof [4]. Both roofs are equipped with photovoltaic systems that will generate around 5% of their total energy demand. The towers will also feature sky gardens [5] that provide visual relief and amenity space for the workers while working to reduce solar heat gain. Landscaping around the towers will include a large body of water and a plantation of indigenous palm trees. The towers are expected to be completed by 2012.

+ Aedas [6]

+ Arup [7]

Via eVolo [8] and e-architect [9]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/16/solar-powered-crystalline-towers-unveiled-for-abu-dhabi/abu-dhabi-investment-council-headquarters-towers-4/

[2] crystalline honeycomb: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/12/populous-unveils-design-for-honeycombed-leeds-arena/

[3] Mashrabiya: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashrabiya

[4] southerly sloping roof: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/29/zero-energy-housing-wedge-in-denmark-covered-in-solar-panels/

[5] sky gardens: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/25/castle-in-the-sky-italian-water-tower-creates-its-own-rain/

[6] + Aedas: http://www.aedas.com/

[7] + Arup: http://www.arup.com/

[8] eVolo: http://www.evolo.us/architecture/abu-dhabi-investment-council-headquarters-towers-aedas-arup/

[9] e-architect: http://www.e-architect.co.uk/dubai/abu_dhabi_investment_council_hq.htm

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