Siemens’ Masdar HQ design revealed

Siemens’ Masdar HQ design revealed

Sheppard Robson has revealed its design for Siemens’ AED170m headquarters at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, which is gunning for LEED Platinum status.

The 20,000m² project is now on site and is due to for completion in late 2012.

Alan Shingler, partner and head of sustainability at Sheppard Robson, said: “Siemens Middle East Headquarters was designed from the inside out.

“Led by the ambition to achieve efficiency, rather than a predetermined aesthetic, the resulting building is both commercially successful and environmentally sound: a truly sustainable solution.” 

The building envelope was conceived as a box within a box: an inner highly-insulated, airtight facade designed to reduce thermal conductivity, and a lightweight aluminium external shading system which minimises solar gain while maximising daylighting and views from the building.

Completely column-free floorplates incorporate 15m spans by using a post-tensioned flat slab with integrated void-forming technology. This is said to reduce the material used by approximately 60% and provides maximum flexibility for the office space planning

Energy modelling was used to help the building perform 44% better than the baseline ASHRAE energy model.

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