[FIRST LOOK] Foster + Partners’ entirely solar-powered Masdar Institute building in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has thrown open its doors to students
The centre is the first completed project within the £15 billion Foster + Partners-masterplanned Masdar City development - the 6km² project which aims to be the world’s first zero-carbon city.
Norman Foster, said: ‘Many have dreamed of a Utopian project that would be solar powered. This community, independent of any power grid, develops a surplus of 60 percent of its own energy needs, processes its waste water on-site which is recycled and pioneers many energy saving concepts.
‘It is a bold experiment which will change and evolve over time – already it houses twelve separate research projects with potential world-wide applications.’
More than 5,000m² of photovoltaic panels cover Masdar institute’s roof, providing electricity, heating water and shading the streets below.
The structure is the first of four phases planned to bring Masdar’s student population up to 800.
In March it emerged that Masdar City’s masterplan was being redrawn for financial reasons however full details of the redesign remain undisclosed.