PROJECT: New Buildings @ Masdar
LOCATION: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
Deploying renewable energy worldwide
Masdar City is at the crossroads of the emerging markets of the Middle East and Asia, and connects seamlessly to a strong logistics and transport network. Located within a major growth area of Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is a prime destination for international business, where proximity to Abu Dhabi International Airport is key.
For businesses, including start-ups and small and medium enterprises, Masdar City has office spaces that cater to the unique specifications of each entity.
Masdar City was chosen as the location for the new “eco-living” residential project due to its international reputation as a model for low carbon urban development, according to the Abu Dhabi-based developer, Reportage Real Estate. The 600-unit Al Waha Residences will comprise luxury studios and apartments in one-, two- and three-bedroom style.
The Al Waha Residences will achieve a 3 Pearl rating according to the Estidama rating system, a framework for sustainable design and construction developed by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. The mandatory rankings promote greater energy and water efficiency in the design of buildings, villas and communities.
All buildings at Masdar City must meet a minimum 3 Pearl Estidama rating, meaning they are designed to be around 40 per cent more efficient in their power and water use than comparable standard buildings.
Masdar City is an increasingly popular community destination thanks to its convenient location, just five minutes by car from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, and 40 minutes from Dubai.
Scope of Work
- B04 Residential & Office Building
- B12 Units
- new HQ Building
- City in general
Masdar City has some really cool architecture going on. In my opinion they proved that sustainable buildings can look amazing without compromises on usability and hope that such an example will be more widely adapted in the construction world.
I totally enjoy starting my day super early and capture my first images prior sunrise during the blue hour. From almost pure silence and tranquility the environment transforms into the surrounding sound of waking birds accompanied by a light breeze until finally the first sun rays glow up the sky and buildings alike.
For high profile architecture shoots a site recce is required to identify the best spots and ideal timings accordingly. Obviously the UAE winter months are the best time for exterior photos. However good preparation and checking the weather forecast is the way to go to make sure to get the best possible results even during the hotter season.
All images below were taken during the peak summer month!