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ADFEC (Masdar)
Completion 2013
Size 20,000 m2

Siemens Middle East Headquarters is a multi-award-winning project has set a new standard for sustainable office buildings in the Middle East and is one of the first buildings of its kind in the region to achieve LEED Platinum status. Awards won in 2013 include the Sustainability (Built) Award at the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets, UAE Sustainable Project of the Year - MEED Quality Award for Projects, and a German Design Council Iconic Award for Corporate Architecture.

The design began with a simple and over-arching ambition: to maximise efficiency and build more with less.

An iterative process of traditional design and parametric analysis resulted in an efficient and compact form that has reduced material and embodied carbon. Conceived as a box within a box, a highly-insulated, airtight inner facade reduces thermal conductivity while a parametrically-optimised lightweight aluminium external shading system minimises solar gain and maximises daylighting and views from the building.

The 4,500m² office floorplates achieve 90% efficiency and incorporate an innovative post tensioned flat slab with integrated void-forming technology. Rigorous energy modelling has furthermore ensured that the building performs 46% better than the baseline ASHRAE energy model.