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Albaher Towers
Architect: Aedas Architects
Location: Al Manhal - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Project Concept
The project concept is inspired by the traditional Islamic object the “Mashrabiya” and motifs to stand out with two circular towers covered by a honeycomb-inspired structure and its automated dynamic solar screen. The “Mashrabiya” is a wooden lattice screen found in traditional Islamic architecture and used as a device for achieving privacy and environmental control including natural ventilation, solar control, and glare reduction. The project area is 56,000 square meters primarily for office use (Bank). The design submitted by architect Abulmajid Karanouh (Aedas) offers two 150-meter-high circular towers clad with a curtain wall covered with a kinetic shading system. The tower floor is open plan office spaces with a service core. On some floors, the space is divided into cellular offices and meeting rooms. Each tower has a two-level basement with 24-story office space that includes catering, auditoria, prayer rooms, gymnasium, and plant rooms. There is a basement for car parking and secure vaults for banking services. Following an international design competition, the client chose the striking concept submitted by a UK-based multidisciplinary design team (Aedas/Arup). There is an entrance podium for both towers covered with a 100-m curved roof. The buildings are fully air-conditioned with various back areas associated with storage and catering.

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