dwp looks for LEED Gold in Abu Dhabi

dwp announces a contract from Aabar Investments

Saraya Abu Dhabi is aiming for completion in 2013.
Saraya Abu Dhabi is aiming for completion in 2013.

Multidisciplinary architecture and interior design firm, design world partners (dwp), recently announced a contract from Aabar Investments to provide the architecture, environmental and interior design services for a 41-storey luxury residential tower in the Saraya district of Abu Dhabi.

The Saraya 1 project site—located within Sorouh Real Estate’s 120,000m² master plan—overlooks the Abu Dhabi Corniche and lies adjacent to the Lagoon Precinct. The project presented dwp with an opportunity to design for a highly distinguished living experience that promises “uninterrupted vistas of the waterfront and foreshore districts.”

In its design, dwp’s UAE-based design team, led by Toufic Zaidan, aimed to reduce operational energy demands and carbone emissions on the building as well as ensure maximum comfort for investors and end users.

“The smooth and slim undulating tower echoes the water it faces. Its curvilinear facade will vary in colours and shades according to the sun’s location and intensity,” said Zaidan. “This intensity of climate has also made us look at energy efficiency and sustainability in its design.”

In order to maximise energy efficiency, dwp used state-of-the art glass curtain walls with thermal insulation and low-VOC building materials. It also used the location of the site to determine a design context that considered orientation and boundary and, ultimately, define the building’s shape.

Adopting an environmental and ecological balance was important for the developer. dwp’s own brand of sustainable consciousness has developed a design that will aim for a Gold-rated LEED certification.

Indoor air quality improvement with air filtration systems and natural ventilation, waste reduction and recycling strategies; the design of the structure and use of materials are all incorporated into the architectural DNA of the building.

The Saraya Abu Dhabi district will ultimately consist of 30 towers and is aiming for completion in 2013.

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