Management of the President’s Affairs, Abu Dhabi (DoPA)
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (Chicago); Applied Landscape Design
The Landmark is a postmodern supertall skyscraper that is being constructed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, expected for completion in late 2012. The mixed-use project will have office and residential space and stand 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall with 72 floors above ground and five basement levels.
Architects Pelli Clarke Pelli designed the building using local precedents to be environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive.
While the building is contemporary in appearance, this approach evokes the use of screens in vernacular Arabic architecture. The plan of the building also has a cultural precedent. Its geometry is based on the dodecagon, the 12-sided figure frequently used in Islamic art.
Fountains Direct Ltd designed the two dry plaza fountains set within a hard paved area at the vehicular entrance and the drop off and collection points. FDL carried out evolution of the architectural design vision, detailed design, preparation of tender documents, review of construction and site inspection.
Approached by a ramped structure, the features are designed with sufficient height so as to be visible from the road.
They are fully programmable to create a variety of effects and to respond to potential winds, and are integral to the creation of noise and cooling of the localised environment.
A grid of nozzles sits within feature bands of paving, aligning on a grid that combines with the fountain foam to create pyramidal forms and white water massing. Detailed design and flooding of the pavement area minimises splash.