National Bank of Abu Dhabi Corporate Headquarters

Abu Dhabi, N/A / United Arab Emirates

The falcon, the national bird of the United Arab Emirates, served as inspiration in the design of this bank because it symbolizes courage and fortitude in Arab tradition and culture. The form evolves from simple planar geometries reflecting the human instincts to aspire, ascend and rise to new plateaus. 
The design of the building, like the wings of a falcon, is comprised of a highly sophisticated enclosure that adapts and responds to the building orientation and views. These shimmering silver "wings" flow across the surface of the tower and down to the podium, descending gently to the ground. 
The layered glass shards of the façade begin to unveil the progressively distinct features of the building. The soaring tower atrium is configured to inspire and respond to the environment, reinforce mechanical concepts and enhance individual comfort. 
The cohesive enclosure serves as a façade, solar screen and intelligent wall to create a high performance indoor environment in the warm Emirates summers. The curtain wall is composed of insulated glass units with fixed shading elements placed inside the glazing unit. This strategy reduces heat gain and filters light while leaving a smooth exterior surface for ease of maintenance.

Architect of record

Ralph Johnson
Perkins + Will
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Chicago, IL 60611, United States
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