© 2013 Loebl Schlossmann and Hackl

THE SOLARIA AT THE RAWDHAT ABU DHABI
LOCATION:
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
SIZE:
204,500 sf
Engaged to design a modernist residential building, the firm created a concept that departs from the conventional repetition of dwelling units expressed above and adjacent to one another in replicate, static format. Instead, the design expresses a vertical emphasis and a composition that generates a dynamic quality rarely found in buildings of this type. The high-tech glass curtain wall substantially reduces heat absorption on east, west and south exposures while at the same time providing a high degree of visual transparency to the exterior in addition to generating electric power. Horizontal curtain wall elements create a subtle screen-like texture, adding both interest and identity to the façade.

Great attention was given to luxury, efficiency, and comfort for the residents. The 12-story building offers both apartments and townhomes, with a total of 20 three-bedroom units and 40 two-bedroom units in a variety of configurations. Master bedrooms have walk-in closets. Optional open or enclosed kitchens reflect contemporary life styles, with living/dining spaces combined to present large, generously proportioned living areas. All units have two full baths, in-unit laundry, and individual temperature control. Two levels of below-grade parking lead directly to each floor via keyed elevator vestibule entry.

A palette of sustainability features developed for this project aims at achieving a minimum LEED Gold level, possibly Platinum, as rated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
    
    
  
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