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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC)

Inspired by the region’s culture of minimalist

The design integrates complex building

75 stories

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

stone-and-glass tower.

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

future expansion.

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-

the neighborhood.

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.

2016 HOK Design Annual  

HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.

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