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Figures

Height: Architectural 110.1 m / 361 ft
Height: Occupied 98.9 m / 324 ft
Height: To Tip 113 m / 371 ft
Floors Above Ground 25
Floors Below Ground 3
# of Elevators 14
Top Elevator Speed 6 m/s
Tower GFA 69,300 m² / 745,939 ft²
Development GFA 123,110 m² / 1,325,145 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 1,184

Facts

Official Name HQ
Other Names Aldar HQ Building, HQ - Al Raha Beach Development
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Abu Dhabi
Street Address & Map Al Raha Beach
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2010
Official Website Aldar HQ Aldar Headquarters

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Aldar Properties
Architect
Design MZ Architects
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
MEP Engineer
Design Arup
Project Manager Laing O'Rourke
Main Contractor Laing O'Rourke
Other Consultant
Façade Arup; Permasteelisa Group
Material Supplier
• Elevator KONE

About HQ

Intended to create a sculptural iconic landmark through a novel architectural form, the geometric shape of the Aldar Headquarters building symbolizes unity, stability and rationality. The site is part of the Al Raha Beach Development in a central location within the development as a whole, with views to the marina and the canal. Significant effort went into the creation of efficient internal spaces and an effective structural system within the simple geometric form. A complex structural analysis of the podium and tower superstructure was undertaken using the 3D finite element analysis program, Strand 7.

The client requirement to have two separate lift cores each serving all levels posed some unusual challenges for the lift system. As all lifts in each core serve all floors, the travel times for each lift can be high as they travel the full vertical rise of the building. To overcome the resultant impact to the passenger waiting interval time, greater lifting capacity was required. To achieve this, all lifts operate a Destination Control Service from a common lobby area incorporating multiple control stations.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report

CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Event Report

CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report

More Initiatives

CTBUH Initiatives Related to HQ

CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Event Report
Georges Binder, Belgium Country Leader, recently joined with Executive Master Immobilier to conduct a study trip on tall buildings to the United Arab Emirates.
CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report
Georges Binder, Belgium Country Leader, recently joined with Executive Master Immobilier to conduct a study trip on tall buildings to the United Arab Emirates.
Aldar Headquarters Chosen as Featured Building
May 2012, Abu Dhabi – Featured Tall Building
A perfect circle at the water's edge, Aldar's new headquarters is the centrepiece of Al Raha Beach, an exclusive new city on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

Videos

Aldar HQ, Abu Dhabi
Jan 2017 – CoxGomyl

Session 2: What Contributes Most to Sustainability in Tall Buildings?
11 Jun 2013 – Dennis Poon, Neville Glanville, Klaus Lother & David Malott

Research Papers

An Overview of Structural & Aesthetic Developments in Tall Buildings Using Exterior Bracing & Diagrid Systems
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4

The Emergence of the Diagrid - It’s All About the Node
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4


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