Aedas wins design competition

International architectural practice Aedas has won an invited design competition for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters.

International architectural practice Aedas has won an invited design competition for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters.

The winning design for the 11,500m2 site was unveiled at MIPIM 2008 in Cannes, France.

Occupying two neighbouring sites near Al Qurum beach, the buildings will act as landmarks to the gateway of Abu Dhabi. Once complete, the towers will provide working areas, private amenities, dining, conference and meeting spaces for over 2,000 employees.

The towers have a honeycomb structure based on geometric patterns, which has resulted in highly efficient load paths and a structural solution that is stable, flexible and economical. The design was developed through collaboration between Aedas' architectural team and its in-house research and development department.

"Our concept for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council headquarters was generated from a mathematically pre-rationalised form which was in turn derived from Islamic principles" said Aedas joint managing director, Peter Oborn.

"A key feature of the design is the application of a diaphanous screen that envelopes the most exposed aspect of the building in the form of a dynamic ‘Mashrabiya', opening and closing in response to the sun's path, significantly reducing the solar heat gain and providing a more comfortable internal environment," he adds.

In addition to this dynamic façade, the towers will also feature three sky gardens, further reducing the solar heat gain on the most exposed elevation. External landscaping will include a palm reserve, water features, and pedestrian routes.

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