Shams, Abu Dhabi (2006)
site area: 3.5ha
type: commercial offices, residential, hotel, retail, entertainment
The Eco Bay project aims to provide a new paradigm for the development of contemporary urban living by focusing on spatial, operational and environmental relationships.
The offices and residences conjoin in the towers that align the loop road, registering the different orientations and the type of occupancy. The office side of the tower faces the urbanity of the loop road and the activities of the central business district. Directed mostly to the south, the facade is protected by an undulating pattern of horizontal shading louvres.
The residential side is directed mostly to the north and the views across the bay and the Khor al Baghal. More protected from direct solar gain, these residential facades are a mix of operable, vertical glass shutters, fixed glazing and metal and glass balustrades.
LAB?s design offers a complex matrix of over-lapping facilities, intertwined experiences and mutually supportive aspirations. An “ecology” of living, working and relaxing in a unique and progressive design.