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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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6e4fd8fd5e6d8518bd4bc864ea741925  Zayed 2  sheikh-zayed

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Building: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Halcrow (Yusuf Abdelki)
Structural Engineer: Tractabel Al Khaleej
Electrical Engineer: Speirs and Major Associates
Contractor: Salini Impregilo
Completion: 2007

AEInterests: 82 marble decorated domes of Moroccan design, approximately 1,000 outdoor columns, unique lighting system used to reflect the phases of the moon on the building, displays traditional Islamic designs of symmetry and repetition through the use of modern techniques of mosaic and sand blasted glass.

Written by Tarek El-Afifi

September 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Posted in Built

Siemens HQ – Masdar City, United Arab Emirates

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Sheppard Robson Architects  siemens 2  sketch

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Building: Siemens HQ
Location: Masdar City, United Arab Emirates (right outside of Abu Dhabi)
Architect: Sheppard Robson
Structural and MEP Engineer: AECOM
Contractor: Al Fara’a
Project Manager: Morganti
Completion: 2013

AEInterests: Achieved LEED Platinum certification, airtight facade designed to reduce thermal conductivity, variation in shading system form characterized by light-weight aluminum fins with each facade tailored to suit its solar orientation.

Written by Tarek El-Afifi

September 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Built

Al Bahar Towers – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Al Bahar Towers 1  Al Bahar Towers 3  Al Bahar Towers 4

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Building: Al Bahar Towers
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Aedas Architects
Structural and Acoustic Engineer: Arup
General Contractor: Al-Futtaim Carillion
Completion: 2012

AEInterests: Responsive facade using traditional Islamic geometry for lattice shading device, triangle screens respond to sun movement to reduce solar gain and glare, all screens close during the evening.

Written by Tarek El-Afifi

September 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Posted in Built

Abu Dhabi Central Market – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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AD Central Market 1  AD Central Market 2  AD Central Market 4  AD Central Market 3

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Building: Abu Dhabi Central Market
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Foster + Partners
Structural Engineer: Halvorson and Partners
MEP Engineer: BDSP Partnership
Facade Consultant: Arup
Contractor: Arabian Construction Co.
Completion: 2012

AEInterests: Individual facade glazing using Arabic geometry, green roofs, high energy efficiency, open roofs to implement natural lighting and cooling.

Written by Tarek El-Afifi

September 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Posted in Built