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GMW braves Iraq with office development

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GMW Architects has become one of the few UK architect firms to start working in war-torn Iraq and has unveiled this image of its new office development in the north of the country.

The scheme, called the Sazan Building, claims to offer 'quality, modern office space' in the Kurdistan region.

The project is designed with two linear office wings, which enclose an atrium and are connected by bridge links and a shared vertical core.

The 15m-wide front and rear wings are 10 and 15-storeys high respectively, and the facades will be clad in curtain walling with external solar shading. The end walls will be insulated sandwich panels finished in treated timber.

According to the practice, the scheme meets 'British Council of Offices specification standards and will provide high-quality office space through efficient and flexible floor layouts'.

The scheme, backed by developer the Renwa Corporation, will also offer restaurant facilities, including one on the rooftop.

Part of the challenge facing GMW, which has an office in Istanbul, will be to provide an office space for both domestic and international companies that meets international security standards.

by Richard Vaughan

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