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An Architect on Masdar - a Zero-Carbon, Zero-Waste City


A2SO4 Architecture
September 22, 2008


Masdar City is the world’s first attempt to create a zero-carbon, zero-waste
city. The new six square kilometer energy, science and technology community will
open in late 2009. The development is a unique, integrated “Green Community” in
the heart of Abu Dhabi, which uses the traditional planning principals of a
walled city, together with existing technologies to achieve a zero-carbon and
zero-waste sustainable development.

The city will house the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the graduate
science and research Institute currently being established in cooperation with
MIT; research facilities; world-class laboratories; commercial space for
related-sector companies; light manufacturing facilities and a carefully
selected pool of international tenants who will invest, develop, and
commercialize advanced energy technologies. The city will also host Masdar’s
offices, residential space for employees, as well as a science museum and
edutainment facilities.

Masdar Headquarters, Masdar City - Abu Dhabi, UAE

• Associate Architect / Architect of Record
• 104,632 square meters of Gross Floor Area (1,126,248 square feet)
• One 7 story office building with conference center

The new Masdar Headquarters building will embody the spirit of the Masdar
Initiative by incorporating several sustainable design strategies and achieving
a “net positive” building. As the Associate Architect and Architect of Record,
RW Armstrong / A2SO4 is working in association with design architect, Adrian
Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to ensure that this landmark project is
designed in accordance with local codes, standards, and construction techniques.
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Masdar City - Abu Dhabi, UAE

• Associate Architect / Architect of Record
• 45,582 square meters of Gross Floor Area (490,640 square feet)
• Project includes: research lab facilities, residential, retail and amenities

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (M.I.S.T.) is being established
to meet the exceptional and progressive goal of transforming Abu Dhabi’s economy
from one based on petroleum to one focused on sustainable technology and
renewable energy. As the Associate Architect and Architect of Record, RW
Armstrong / A2SO4 is working in association with design architect, Foster +
Partners to ensure that this landmark project is designed in accordance with
local codes, standards, and construction techniques.

 

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