Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Headquarters

Commercial
Abu Dhabi, UAE
 

The project's scope of work consist of a 14-storey headquarters building located near Zayed City in Abu Dhabi. The project includes two towers covering approximately 97,000 square metres with a ground floor, mezzanine level and 12 upper floors, as well as four levels of basement parking.

Designed as a landmark new headquarters for the bank, the twin tower project is orientated to address the corner of its prominent site, with the towers forming a four storey linked atrium space.

The towers complement each other; one providing accommodation for the bank and the other offering grade A speculative office space. The generous atrium forms the entrance for the towers and accommodates retail, a cafe and a bank branch.

Dramatic space between the towers presented an interesting challenge in how to resolve the roof of the curved plan. The solution was derived by a combination of two simple radii as one would see along the inside diameter of a donut. The outcome is that each of the supporting trusses has a depth corresponding to the required span. This is not only efficient but the natural curvature of the underside of the roof is suggestive of linear movement through the atrium.

The main entrance to the building atrium is accented by a continuation of the flowing form of the roof giving a sense of invitation welcoming visitors to the towers.

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