Siemens HQ in Masdar City officially opens
22nd January 2014
Sheppard Robson’s Siemens Middle East Headquarters at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, officially opened this week, establishing a new benchmark for sustainable office buildings in the Middle East.
The Siemens Middle East Headquarters is one of the first buildings in the region to achieve LEED Platinum. The sustainable credentials were achieved through combining traditional design and parametric analysis to deliver an efficient and compact form that uses less material and minimises embodied carbon.
The building’s envelope was conceived as a box within a box. The inner section is a highly-insulated, airtight façade designed to reduce thermal conductivity; surrounding this is a lightweight aluminium external shading system that minimises solar gain whilst maximising daylight and views from the building. The variation in the form of the shading systems, characterised by light-weight aluminium fins, creates a strong architectural language for the building, with each facade tailored to suit its solar orientation.