Aedas commissioned for Iris Crystal

International architecture firm Aedas has been commissioned to design the Iris Crystal office project in Business Bay, Dubai.

International architecture firm Aedas has been commissioned to design the Iris Crystal office project in Business Bay, Dubai.

The new project will make use of a façade skin to voluntarily meet LEED requirements. The 25-storey building is estimated to cost US$68m.

"The unique double-skin façadeis an important environmental device, having an outer mashrabiya screen which immediately reduces solar heat gain and glare," explained Boran Agoston, designer of the Iris Crystal and a director at Aedas.

The tower, designed for client Sheth Estate International, is based on simple geometry, while the outer façade follows a more fluid approach.

Key sustainable elements in the façade include the perforated solar skin. Beneath this is a glazed façade with continuous balconies, which provide solar shading. The balconies also ensure the incremental variation of each floor plan cannot be perceived directly from below and provide a natural cantilever connection for the façade's outer skin.

The tower itself will stand on a podium containing parking and retail elements, and will be located at the head of Business Bay Lake.

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