Friday, September 10, 2010

Off Topic - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's ambitions aren't any less grandiose than its neighbour's, a number of new iconic structures are starting to fill Abu Dhabi's expanding skyline, there is plenty for Architecture and Engineering enthusiasts to look forward to.

Actively distancing itself from the bright lights and frentic pace of development in nearby Dubai, Abu Dhabi has taken a slower, more strategic approach to its growth.

I have selected a couple of buildings that capture the imagination.

The Yas Hotel

This 85,000 sq/m, 500 room structure, found at the centre of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 circuit has ticked all the boxes on the design breif which was to create an iconic building that was architecturally and design orientated, an icon for Abu Dhabi and Yas Island.

The gridshell is the most unique aspect of this project, made up of 5,096 panels, individually crafted to fit their exact position, ensureing the 16,500 sq/m luminary extravaganza is visible from kilometres away.

Aldar HQ

Set on an elevated peninsula, Aldar HQ offers floor to ceiling windows, and open plan, column free office space. Aldar HQ's distinctive shape is highly visible at the gateway to Abu Dhabi, and will be the centrepiece of Al Raha beach, a development that will stretch over 11km of coastline.

Capital Gate

Currently holding the world record as the worlds furthest leaning manmade tower, Capital gate was designed to create a powerful visual statement, putting Abu Dhabi on the world map.

The building leans 18 degrees to the west, and is covered in over 12,000 custom cut pieces of facade glass.

Abu Dhabi is an exciting place to be for any Architect or Engineer, the 2030 vision for Abu Dhabi means construction will continue at a rapid pace for the next decade at least