Two undulating, curved buildings on a small plot provided challenges for all of our disciplines. Perched on the edge of Abu Dhabi’s corniche, Saraya Towers will provide exclusive, high-spec apartments, including a rooftop ‘royal penthouse’ with infinity pool.
Working in a small space
Ramboll is designing all engineering services for the 41 and 47-storey towers. Given its prime position in the Sorouh development, there was an emphasis on maximising the use of the plot.
With the tight space available and demanding time constraints, our building services engineers, working closely with the architectural team, had to be creative when designing room for the utility providers and services, a challenge they met effectively.
Like one piece of glass
The façade comprises curved and flat surfaces with a variety of balconies and openings positioned across it. Our façade engineers have designed a cost-efficient, standardized system while remaining true to the building’s undulating nature.
From the outside, the façade will look like one continuous piece of glass with no breaks, accomplished by using 3.6m tall floor to ceiling glass lites. Normally this would result in a significant decrease in thermal insulation, yet our façade team, together with the sustainability team, have designed the system to ensure thermal insulation remains high, thus enabling the building to aim for a strong Estidama rating.
We inherited this project from previous concept designers. We have taken these designs through to detailed design phase, adding efficiencies while keeping the architect’s vision intact.