Tradition and technology combine in United Arab Emirates

Work has finally been completed on the groundbreaking Al Bahar double tower development in Abu Dhabi.

The most innovative features of these striking buildings are the responsive façades, which are not only beautiful and traditional in design but also help to cut energy usage. The towers, which are each 150 metres tall, will house offices that can accommodate more than 1,000 people. As well as their responsive screens, the buildings have roofs with photovoltaic panels that should be able to cover five percent of the development’s energy requirements.

Each responsive façade features around 2,000 opening and closing triangular panels arranged in a pattern that resembles a traditional Islamic lattice screen, known as a mashrabiya.

As the sun moves around the towers subtle changes to the lattice pattern are seen as the triangular pieces separate and come back together. Shielding the parts of the exterior that are in full view of the sun will help to reduce glare and decrease the amount of air-conditioning needed inside the towers. It also removes the need for heavily-tinted glass windows, which would filter out light all day every day, regardless of need.

It is thought that the design of the towers will help to lower the buildings’ energy consumption by 50 percent, while also reducing solar gain, which heats the space inside buildings, by 80 percent.

Although building projects in North Wales are not likely to face the same problems, it may be possible to come up with designs that are equally sustainable. This could be achieved by contacting a reputable architect in North Wales.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
December 4, 2013
New Buildings

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  1. Mashrabiya is a great tradition in the Arab architecture, which has become part of the interior design. Creating real estate projects in the East, we use this design element to emphasize the color and make interiors and exteriors more expressive.

    Comment by Martin Scot — June 24, 2016 @ 11:08 am

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