Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Al Hilal Bank Tower in Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi by Goettsch Partners
September 25th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Goettsch Partners
The Al Hilal Bank Tower project was an exceptional design opportunity on a highly visible and distinguished site on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. Goettsch Partners developed a design solution that offered a unique form derived from a combination of site and contextual influences. The building varies in its massing and aesthetic in order to provide a unique and distinguished building for the site. The building derives its massing from a push and pull effect at the outer corners to achieve a unique form. The building’s skin changes at the “void” locations to accentuate the shifting aesthetic. The tower itself is a value driven class A office building composed of efficient lease spans and column free interior floor plates. The Al Hilal Bank Tower incorporates a distinguished design that will set the standard for the island.
The façade design is intended to reflect a modern and timeless aesthetic for the tower. The design incorporates a façade consisting of a glass and steel curtain wall system with glass and metal spandrel elements. The building’s profiles and exterior aesthetic is a direct result of the desire to create a building skin that would achieve a high energy performance. The building exhibits maximum transparency with floor to ceiling glass, utilizing a high-performance glass for the curtain wall. This enables the best views for the tower’s occupants while increasing the amount of daylight harvesting.
The orientation of the site provides the office tower with ideal frontage along the P4 roadway while providing natural retail exposure at the east and west facades. The landscaped park along the western façade was designed to draw traffic to the tower and retail façade. The landscape orientation leads the pedestrian access to the tower lobby which provides connectivity to the tower and retail areas.
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