A combination of structural and sustainability innovations created a building that fits perfectly into its environment. Social responsibility is an integral part of Ramboll’s vision. This means we strive to ensure our services contribute to sustainable development that benefits people and communities around the world. We aim to minimise environmental impact whenever we can.
Eco-Arish is a proposed accommodation facility for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) staff restoring old forts in Liwa Oasis. Our aim was to deliver a self-sustaining design solution, with no carbon emissions.
This project will be the first contemporary building using date palm tree and stems (arish) as building materials, a method that has challenged our structural engineers. our team has identified and thoroughly tested a structural design that ensures this natural building material meets international building standards.
In addition to using local materials, the facility is designed to be self-sufficient in energy and water. our sustainability experts proposed several renewable technologies ensuring this, such as a solar pumping system, a solar desalination plant providing water, a solar energy system providing electricity, and an air tank to store surplus energy. Any waste generated will either be recycled or consumed on-site, with no need for any landfill.
Upon completion our sustainability team is carrying out a study of the performance of solar panels in sandy, desert conditions.