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Gensler beats Fosters in Abu Dhabi

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New 31-storey headquarters for National Bank of Abu Dhabi to sit within Broadway Malyan’s 114ha masterplan for the Al Maryah Island district

Gensler has defeated Foster + Partners in the competition to design the National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s new global headquarters.

The 67,300m² scheme, jointly designed by the practice’s London and Abu Dhabi studios, is located on the city’s 114 hectare Al Maryah Island business district.

The AJ100 practice’s 31-storey skyscraper includes offices, a ‘hub bank’, trading floors, auditorium, conference centre and cafeteria. 

The bank’s deputy group chief executive Abdulla Mohammed Saleh Abdul Raheem said: ‘We selected Gensler because its design addressed our ambition to have a state-of-the-art building, maximising the superb location and projecting the values of
our institution.’

Broadway Malyan’s masterplan for Al Maryah Island includes a 180,000m² office development by Goettsch Partners and hotels by HDR and Handel Architects.


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