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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