Abu Dhabi gets largest energy positive building

February 26, 2008 at 7:20 am 1 comment


Not too long after Skidmore, Owings & Merrill announced the world’s greenest office building, Adrian Smith + Gordon Architecture have unveiled what is to be not only one of the biggest buildings in the world, but also the largest mixed-use energy positive building. The 1.4 million square foot headquarters is part of the massive $22 billion zero waste, zero carbon Masdar City Development in Abu Dhabi.

According to the press release the complex’s sustainable concepts are:

  • Be the lowest energy consumer per square meter for a modern class A office building in an extremely hot and humid climate
  • Feature one of the world’s largest building-integrated photovoltaic arrays
  • Employ the largest solar thermal driven cooling and dehumidification system
  • Be the first building in history to generate power for its own assembly, through development of its solar roof pier before the underlying complex

Masdar City broke ground on Feb. 8 and the building is slated for completion in 2010.

Adrian Smith was a long time partner at SOM until leaving to start his own firm last year.



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  • 1. Architects India  |  February 27, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Amazing concept .Its really focused on a feasible building plan.


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