From the architecture firm that brought you Kazhakstan's alien ship building comes a new design for the Abu Dhabi World Trade Center. Using high-tech environmental computer analysis that takes into consideration the complex climate and topography of Al Raha Beach, Foster + Partners created this bright-but-cool, airy-but-windproof, asymmetrical-but-functional, and very futuristic-looking building.
The secret to making this shiny building work in extreme hot weather is angles. The facade is angled to minimize glare, and the roof is slanted with the winds so that cool air currents can pass through the building.
Construction starts this summer.