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Height: Occupied
294 m / 965 ft
Height: To Tip
342 m / 1,122 ft
Height: Architectural
342 m / 1,122 ft
ADNOC Headquarters Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground


Official Name ADNOC Headquarters
Other Names Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Abu Dhabi
Street Address & Map Corniche Road West & 18th Street
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Energy Label LEED Gold BD+C: New Construction
Construction Start 2009
Completion 2015
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Global Ranking #56 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #16 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #14 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #2 Tallest in Abu Dhabi

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Design HOK, Inc.
Architect of Record CH2M HILL
Structural Engineer
Design CH2M HILL
Peer Review BuroHappold Engineering
MEP Engineer
Design WSP Group
Peer Review Buro Happold
Project Manager Hill International
Main Contractor Besix
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc.
• Building Monitoring Kinemetrics Inc.
Façade Werner Sobek Group
• Fire Arup; Telecom
• Helipad/Aviation Ricondo
• Lighting PHA Lighting Design
• Security WSP Group
• Vertical Transportation Ayling Consulting Services Inc
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Material Supplier
• Cladding ASCON; Nikolaus Bagnara S.p.A.; Rock of Ages; Kuraray; Jangho Group Co., Ltd.
• Façade Maintenance Equipment CoxGomyl
• Fire Proofing Grace Construction Products
• Paint/Coating Jotun
• Steel Eversendai Engineering Qatar

About ADNOC Headquarters

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), developed ADNOC Headquarters on Corniche Road in a prestigious area of Abu Dhabi, highlighting the company’s international influence and its economic centrality to the oil-producing region. The structure’s design makes the most of the site’s central location through careful massing of the tower and calculated placement of the courts, plazas, and landscaping surrounding the tower to allow for the superior vistas from the building.

The commercial office tower has a sleek and slender design, rising from a parallelogram-shaped site. The tower’s north-south orientation minimizes the ground-level footprint, leaving ample room for landscaped amenity space. Most public functions such as conference rooms, reception and restrooms are zoned towards the south facing façade which features a double glazed exterior skin that protects the building occupants from harsh solar exposure, and allows a more filtered daylight infiltration. The building’s most remarkable feature is an arciform square opening crowning the tower.

A unique engineering challenge faced was that the center of the tower’s mass is offset by three meters due to the fact that the south core walls are only counterbalanced by six slender composite columns. Structural columns filled with high strength concrete and 20% of original steel to achieve adequate stiffness.

A very unusual curved auditorium beside the tower acts as a contrasting stylistic facet to the boxy podium projecting out from the base of the tower. Extending south of the tower, a three-story rectangular podium houses retail space, the service loading area, a heritage museum, and the main lobby. The podium’s roof extends south across the access road to connect to a new mosque. To maximize flexibility, office spaces are thoughtfully organized using a modular approach that allows for the spaces to be easily modified and exchanged.

CTBUH Initiatives

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal Paper Report

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Research Papers

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I

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