Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi, designed by Aedas, picked up the first Innovation Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
The newly introduced prize is part of the council’s annual tall building awards, which lauds the top towers across the globe.
Aedas’ twin-tower project for Abu Dhabi Investment Council was praised for its computer-controlled ‘mashrabiya’ facade which responds to the sun.
Peter Oborn, Aedas deputy chairman and project director, said: “We’re delighted that the Al Bahar Towers has been recognised in this way, particularly as the building reflects the Emirates commitment to innovation and sustainability.
The 25-storey project is on course for completion this summer, with the mashrabiya currently being commissioned, according to Oborn.
“Once this work has been completed the building will literally ‘come-to-life’ as the facade opens and closes throughout the course of the day in response to the movement of the sun,” added Oborn.