Award for sustainable Sheikh Zayed Museum design

Zayed Museum

The Foster + Partners Zayed National Musuem in Abu Dhabi has been given an eco-award for its design.

Dhabi Urban Planning Council awarded the project three out of five “pearls” under its environmental sustainability rating system.

The museum, which is scheduled for completion on Saadiyat Island in 2016, will feature a range of ecologically-friendly building techniques and features.


“The museum’s design not only utilises energy-efficient methods but incorporates them in a unique, understated way that does not distract from its overall design,” said Nathalie Staelens, head of environmental services at project developer Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).

Space-cooling fans, interior lighting and other features are aimed at reducing annual energy consumption by 30%, while water-reducing fixtures and fittings would reduce water use by 28%. Also taps in the bathroom would have been designed to reduce flow duration that would cut annual water consumption by 53%.

The museum is a tribute to the former president of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, featuring five towers reminiscent of the wing tips of  a falcon cooled by air ducts.

The core of the building is to be located underneath an earth mound, reducing heat from sunlight.

Ali Al Hammadi, deputy managing director of TDIC, said, “We are very pleased that the Zayed National Museum has earned a Three Pearl Rating Certificate, as strict measures had been taken to ensure that environmentally sustainable features will be present throughout the museum’s journey from inception to construction to operations.

“This not only reinforces our commitment to the environment, but also reflects the environmental vision and measures set out by our late president Sheikh Zayed, which we continue to implement to this day.”

Following Louvre Abu Dhabi, it is the second cultural institution on Saadiyat to receive the environmental accolade.

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