ArchDaily Features HOK-Designed Supertall ADNOC Headquarters
Credit Mohammed Al Janabi
The new headquarters of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) represents this state-owned institution as a pillar of the economy in the United Arab Emirates.
Contrasting with the many twisting, turning “shape” buildings in Abu Dhabi, HOK’s elegant, minimalist design stands out and expresses stability, strength and seriousness of purpose. Its simple silhouette embodies a “less is more” modernist philosophy while introducing a bold landmark to the city skyline.
The exterior frame of the 75-story tower is clad in granite to convey a sense of permanence. The sides rise to an architrave free of the building mass, creating the image of a monumental arch rising next to the Arabian Gulf. The tower’s simple, classic form serves as a recognizable focal point for people traveling to and from the city.
The south side is sheathed in a double wall of insulated, fritted glass and horizontal sun shades that mitigate direct sunlight. A LED lighting system on this facade enhances the tower’s presence at night, when temperatures in this desert climate are cooler and the city comes to life. The lighting display can be programmed to change color, patterns and intensity to mark holidays and special events.
The building is LEED New Construction Gold certified and has recently received LEED Operations and Maintenance Platinum certification.