Masdar Plaza Abu Dhabi by Lava
Close up Umbrellas, photo credit: LAVA
Masdar Plaza, Oasis of the Future
LAVA have provided us with this information on their prestigious project in Masdar – the new master-planned CO2 neutral district in Abu Dhabi.All images and information courtesy of LAVA. Please note the individual credits to the images. Copyright by desMena
Location: Masdar, UAE
The City of the Future
The future well being of cities around the globe depends on mankind’s ability to develop and integrate sustainable technology.Perspective Plaza Day, Photo credit: MIR
Masdar City is the city of the future; positioned at the forefront of integrating sustainable technology into modern architectural design. Rome, Athens, Florence; most great historical cities have had the plaza, forum, or square at their epicentre – where the life, values, ideals, and vision of the population evolved. Equally, the centre of Masdar must be an iconic beacon that attracts global attention to sustainable technology.Perspective Plaza Night, Photo credit: MIR
Oasis of the Future
We see Masdar Plaza as “The Oasis of the Future”: a living, breathing, active, adaptive environment; stimulated by the social interaction of people, and spotlighting the use and benefits of sustainable technology.
The “Oasis of the Future” is conceived as an open spatial experience, whereby all features; whether hotel, conference, shopping, or leisure, offer the highest quality of indoor and outdoor comfort and interaction.
The “Oasis of the Future” demonstrates sustainable technology in a user-friendly architectural environment – flexible use of space, outdoor and indoor comfort, and optimum performance.Bird’s View Masdar Plaza Night, Closed Umbrellas, Photo credit: Simon
The user experience is the heart of the “Oasis of the Future”.
The following environmental and engineering design concepts will be utilized to minimize energy consumption:
Our sustainable design and engineering philosophy balances the ‘vision of the future’ with ‘scientific fact and availability’. Our aim is to provide the Abu Dhabi Energy Company with the lowest possible carbon footprint, whilst maintaining the highest level of user experience within the practical viability of affordable architecture.
In fact, our proposal strives to exceed those of the Masterplan and is, in addition, benchmarked against Estidama and LEED (Platinum). Adaptive cooling provides all facilities with extended usability during peak heat loads.
Bird’s View Masdar Plaza Night, Closed Umbrellas, LED lights on the Plaza, Photo credit: Simon
The Oasis of the Future is a living, breathing habitat. The ability to control ambient temperature at all times of the day is the key to making the Plaza a compulsive destination. The gorges pull inhabitants into the loop. The ‘Petals from Heaven’ open and close; protect pedestrians from the sun; capture, store, and release heat; adjust the angle of shade based on the position of the sun. The heat sensitive lamps adjust the level of lighting to the proximity of pedestrians. The water features ebb and flow based on the intensity of ground temperatures.
The promenades lure pedestrians into the shopping and leisure facilities. Similarly, the public are seduced into the Plaza during cooler night hours and cooler months of the year.
Our 5 Star Hotel is organised efficiently around a ‘Central Canyon’ and is linked to the Extended Stay Facilities via a ‘gorge’ housing Retail premises. The Central Canyon is a day-lit space deep within the building, connecting the hotel’s restaurants and ballrooms to the guest amenities.Perspective Hotel, Photo credit: Simon
The hotel’s entrance and lobby, located at the base of the atrium, offers guests an immediate view out onto the Plaza in one direction and the green of the park in another.Perspective, Photo credit: LAVA
The western edge of the Plaza rises to create the Convention Centre forecourt and ascends as a continuous path into the Lobby area. Our design of the Convention Centre Lobby resembles an enormous, light-soaked cavern, providing an enclosure for the conference facilities with the Plaza framed in the background.Perspective, Photo credit: LAVA
The awe-inspiring ‘erosion-effect’ design of the façade that flows across this edge of the Plaza is complemented by water features and also houses the sub-podium PRT and Retail concessions.
‘Masdar Plaza, The Oasis of the Future’ will create an iconic venue within a truly visionary city.
Phone: +61 2 92801475
Heilbronner Strasse 7
Phone: +41 711 722 329 01
In Cooperation with:
Bob Nation/Kann Finch Group
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