Just last week, Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill was chosen to design the world's first positive energy, mixed-use building for the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city called Masdar. As a "positive energy" building, the design aims to generate more energy each day than it consumes. The 1.4 million sf headquarters shown above will serve as the centerpiece of Masdar City, which will end up being about a $22 billion development in Abu Dhabi.
In addition to being the first mixed-use, net positive energy building in the world, the $300 million headquarters will accomplish the following:
- Be the lowest energy consumer per square meter for a modern class A office building in an extremely hot and humid climate.
- Feature one of the world’s largest building-integrated photovoltaic arrays.
- Employ the largest solar thermal driven cooling and dehumidification system.
- Be the first building in history to generate power for its own assembly, through development of its solar roof pier before the underlying complex.
This stunning building will also consume about 70% less water than a typical mixed-use building of its size. Speaking of the building, Adrian Smith, partner at AS+GC, said, "Masdar Headquarters is one of the most significant developments of our time … as a positive energy complex, the project will have a far-reaching influence on the buildings of tomorrow." Gordon Gill, partner at AS+GC, added, "Masdar Headquarters will set a new paradigm for the way buildings are designed, constructed, and inhabited."