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Al Bahr Towers

Identification

Al Bahr Towers
Al Bahar Towers
127460

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Facts

  • Principles of geometric composition drawn from traditional Islamic architecture were applied in creating the towers' shape.
  • The towers feature a dynamic, translucent facade that opens and closes in response to the sun's movement, reducing solar gain on the facade by up to 50%.
  • The facade is inspired by "mashrabiya", a form of wooden lattice screen used in Islamic architecture as a means of retaining privacy while simultaneously reducing glare and solar gain.
  • Translucent, umbrella-like components make up the facade; there are 2,000 of these "mashrabiya" components on each tower.
  • The dynamic facade solution removes the need for heavily-tinted glass, thus reducing use of artificial lighting and internal blinds, improving the incidence of daylight and giving occupants better views.
  • The Building Management System controls the facade, creating an intelligent facade system.
  • Sky gardens in the most heavily exposed southern elevation further reduce solar gain and provide users with amenity space.
  • The crown of the towers, however, is cut at an angle to maximize solar gain for the photovoltaics on the roof.
  • Energy gained from the solar panels is used for heating the complex' hot water.
  • Overall, the two towers, including ground floor and podium, provide 70,000 square meters of accommodation.
  • The towers are home to the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC).
  • The project aims to achieve LEED Silver Rating.

Location

Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi

Involved Companies


AHR Architects Ltd.
Diar Consult

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# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 Al Bahr Tower 1 476 ft 29 skyscraper 2012
2 Al Bahr Tower 2 476 ft 29 skyscraper 2012
existing
under construction
planned
unbuilt
demolished
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