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Aedas completes super-green Al Bahr towers

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Aedas has completed this 25-storey twin-tower in Abu Dhabi

The 150m-tall towers provide 70,000m² of office space, with each tower accommodating up to 1,100 people.

Built for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, the ‘pioneering’ towers feature a dynamic, intelligent façade featuring 2,000 opening and closing umbrellas which cool or insulate the building in direct response to the sun’s movement.

This responsive façade, based on a ‘mashrabiya’ – a traditional lattice screen found in Islamic architecture, moves around the building following the sun’s movements from east to west.

In a statement Aedas said it was the first time the façade technology had been used on this scale, which they said would ‘open up exciting new directions in building design’.

The towers’ south facing roofs are each covered in PVs which generate 5 per cent of the schemes energy consumption.

The sustainability approach has resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption within the towers and an 80 per cent reduction in solar gain.

Bryan Hamilton, director at Aedas, commented: ‘This project represents the perfect marriage of technology and design. Not only do the buildings look good, but they are entirely fit for purpose and sympathetic to their environment.

‘The desire to find solutions that bring about a holistic response to the cultural and environmental context of new buildings is at the core of Aedas’ thinking on how to balance an increasingly globalised way of life with a sense of local and regional identity.’

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