Canadian-based ACDF Architects have designed an International Financial Center for Dubai (DIFC). The DIFC draws inspiration from geographical and geological properties to create a structure that becomes a natural extension of the site. ACDF Architects work to link the architecture with the region to “give the impression that the building takes root from these natural components instead of simply being an imposing object on the DIFC properties.”
More about the project after the break.
The complex consists of two towers which are connected by an elevated horizontal platform. The main tower emerges from the ground while the second tower rests atop the platform. The underside of the platform provides circulation space so the site is accessible from all sides, and the upper surface offers a continuation of the main street that incorporates a green environment and cafes and restaurants. Light is diffused to the underside through perforated angled pre-cast concrete panels and a reflective pool. With this connection, ACDF Architects have created a complex that not only consists of the two towers, but also the space in between.
The facade of the main tower is clad in a triangulated reflective skin that provides texture to the structure while emphasizing the structure’s sculptural nature. The triangulated pattern, which is inspired by Islamic geometry, is comprised of three glass panels that have different properties. The top panels, shaded by serigraph, reduce solar glare and minimize heat gain, the side photovoltaic panels absorb solar energy to provide power for most of the public zones, while the bottom clear glazed panels provide views. The skin of the smaller tower lays flat to provide a strong contrast that creates a “seductive dialogue between a polish and textured triangulated glazed facade”.
The torsion of the main tower creates pockets in the structure for varying programs. These specific spaces reveal the “sculptural qualities to the viewer, becoming moments in the building that express materiality, color, light, and mystery,” explained the architects.
We also recently featured ACDF Architects for their Aqueducts and Sewer Project.
Design Architect: ACDF* architectes-urbanisme-intérieur
Architects and Engineer: ACDF* architects – msdl – ibrdli
Design Team: Maxime Frappier, Benoit Dupuis, Joan Renaud, Patrick Morand, Yien Chao, Mathieu Cadoret, Fahed Hammami, Yves Dagenais, André Dupras, Patrick Bourget, Essam Ibrahim
Location: Dubai – UAE
Client: Dubai International Financial Centre
Area: Tower A: 78 780m2, Tower B: 28 025m2