Gensler to design Abu Dhabi bank HQ

Gensler tower

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), has appointed Gensler to design the new NBAD Global Head Office in the heart of the new Abu Dhabi Central Business District on Al Maryah Island.

Gensler is providing full design and supervision consultancy services including architecture, interior design, landscape design, engineering and site supervision services.

The new 67,300m2, 31-floor, landmark building will be located on a key site within the Al Maryah masterplan facing both the waterfront and a main access road.

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The building primarily accommodates commercial office space while incorporating multiple functions, including hub bank, tower lobbies, trading floors, auditorium, conferencing center and cafeteria.

Al Maryah Island will be the core of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District as designated by the Urban Planning Council in its visionary Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.

Gensler’s design team tried to create a timeless modern structure with a distinctive form and sleek silhouette that will enhance Al Maryah’s skyline.

The building is designed around a symmetrical central core that displays a clear axial relationship between the waterfront and main vehicular road.  The overall massing is spilt into two thin towers emphasizing verticality and slenderness.

“In understanding the client’s aspirations for the National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s (NBAD) Global Head Office, we have presented a bold design which exemplifies their strong commercial and corporate identity,” said Tareq Abu Sukheila, principal/managing director of Gensler, Abu Dhabi.

He continued: “While designing National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s new home we gave special consideration to presenting an outstanding building that carries an unmistakable presence and dignity, while ensuring a highly functional and efficient interior.”

A key driver of the design concept was to compose a facade to reflect the presence of a well-established bank, within the context of contemporary society.

To accomplish this, Gensler designers “veiled” the building with an arrangement of vertical fins that are used to extenuate the towers, while simultaneously creating a dynamic exterior that responds to the environment due to the varied fin rotations.

During the day the fins modulate light and provide solar protection, in the evening they provide the illusion of a streaming glow, which creates the aesthetic perception of authority in a simple straightforward manner.

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