The key element of the façade was especially developed for the new building. The cladding is made up of rhomboid textile awnings, marked by its revealing-and-concealing play.
This filigree steel cable structure has a solar penetration level of only 7%, and at the same time makes it possible to look both in and out. Given exterior temperatures of up to 50° Celsius, the membrane façade, which was optimised in relation to the local sun path by means of complex, three-dimensional light refraction, combines the required protection from the sun with maximum light penetration and transparency.
This façade was combined with ventilation and cooling for the building by means of layered ventilation and floor cooling. This way, thermal comfort is increased and energy consumption significantly reduced by using certain methods and technologies for the first time in the Arab world.
Maffeis’ engineers developed the rhomboid textile awnings into two patterns, which requested a tailoring process for patterning.