Circle in the Sand

Date: 26 September 2011

Date: 26 September 2011

It had to be glass for the newly constructed HQ Building in Abu Dhabi. Concrete just wouldn‘t do.

Located along Al Raha Beach, an 11 km long urban development region, the HQ Building is the first circular building to be constructed in the United Arab Emirates. Designed by MZ & Partners, the unconventional shape of the building, with two circular, bulbous, curved glass facades, offers open office and commercial space with flexible partitioning over 23 floors.

With a diameter of 120.9 meters and a depth of 36.4 meters in the middle and 10 meters at the edge, the HQ Building covers a total gross floor area of 61,900 square meters, comprising units of various sizes with diverse potential uses, depending. One part of the building is being used as the headquarters of Aldar, Abu Dhabi’s largest property developer while the remaining spaces will be leased. The building was developed in accordance with the LEED requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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