Building Project of the Year: Design and construction of Al-Maryah Tower

22 June 2016

Al-Hilal Bank’s commercial office tower on Abu Dhabi’s Al-Maryah Island was designed to the highest international quality standards

Entrant: DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Project owner: Al-Hilal Bank

EPC contractor: Al-Faraa

Consultants: ESD (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) and Langan (Geotechnical)

Architect: Goettsch Partners International

Financier: Al-Hilal Bank

Situated on a partially reclaimed island, the 34-storey Al-Maryah Tower offers class A office space. It stakes its claim as the first private development on Al-Maryah Island and one of Abu Dhabi’s deepest excavated sites (66 feet deep).

The tower’s design provides column-free interiors and generous cantilever spans, made possible by post-tensioned concrete. The building was designed to meet the requirements of Estidama’s One-Pearl rating.

Al-Maryah Tower’s composition features stacked boxes, slightly offset from each other vertically. The facade has orange accents, displaying the owner’s (Al-Hilal Bank’s) branding.

The building incorporates a glass and steel curtain wall system that offers optimum transparency with floor-to-ceiling glass, creating a nearly seamless transition from the interior to the exterior of the building.

Each facade has exterior glass fins with a white ceramic frit pattern that adds texture.

The fins’ fritted glass enhances the facade’s energy efficiency by shading it from intense sunlight, while providing filtered light to the interior.

“The entire team was honoured to be recognised by MEED for the outstanding work achieved during the design and construction of the towers,” says a spokesperson for DeSimone Consulting Engineers. “We pride ourselves on quality of design and it feels great that other industry experts can see the quality of our work and chose this project to represent the UAE.”

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