Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC)
Inspired by the region’s culture of minimalist
The design integrates complex building
new headquarters is a 75-story minimalist
geometry and pattern making, the design
systems in a way that optimizes their
1,122 feet / 342 meters tall
creates a symmetrical grid of triangles and
performance while contributing to the inherent
parallelograms. The interior angles and
beauty of the architectural form, geometries
As a distinct addition to the city’s skyline, the
orientation respond to the climate and site,
and patterns. Like a bespoke, tailor-made
supertall building embodies ADNOC’s role as
providing an ideal solar orientation.
suit, the architectural design and mechanical
Completion: 2016 Annual EUI: 67 kBTU/sf/yr
a pillar of Abu Dhabi’s economy and society.
systems work in harmony to wrap the structure
The tower accommodates more than 4,000
Because direct sunlight to the north side is
ADNOC employees and provides flexibility for
limited, that facade is fully glazed and offers
sweeping gulf views. To the south, a double
To maximize flexibility, the team used a
wall provides shading and mitigates direct
modular approach for the interior that
The new headquarters overlooks the Persian
sunlight. The lighting system on this facade
enables all of ADNOC’s office floors to be
Gulf on one of Abu Dhabi’s most prominent
changes in tone, color and intensity to enhance
interchangeable and repeatable. Arranging
urban sites. Its north-south orientation
the tower’s presence at night.
private and open offices along the perimeter
minimizes the ground-level footprint, leaving
provides daylighting and scenic views.
ample room for landscaped amenity space for
On the east and west sides, the natural stone-
clad facades are among the world’s tallest. In
Designed to conserve energy and water, the
addition to being a striking architectural detail,
project is targeting LEED Gold certification. It
The tower’s simple structural form and high-
the Bethel white granite stone casing acts as
was also a pilot project for Abu Dhabi’s green
quality materials communicate a sense of quiet
an integrated shading device that protects the
building rating system, now known as the
dignity. Its clarity and integrity stand out from
building’s 65-story glass core from the harsh
Estidama (the Arabic word for sustainability)
the twisting, turning and muscular massing of
Middle Eastern sun. Stretching toward the
Pearl Building Rating System.
many other tall buildings in the Middle East.
sky, the stone sides converge to a sharp point before coming together across the top of the tower to create a large architrave-type opening.
◄ main entrance
in a seamless envelope.
2016 design annual
1.9 million sq. ft. / 175,300 sq. m.
HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.