Aldar Headquarters Building (Coin Building)
Aldar Headquarters (HQ) building is Arabia’s first circular structure, situated on a high peninsula with stunning city and ocean views. The 23-story, 110-meter-high skyscraper has been dubbed One of the World’s Most Dazzling Corporate Offices by worldwide building organization, Emporis, for its creative design, aesthetic impact, and utility. The Best Futuristic Design prize was given to it at the 2008 Building Exchange Conference as well.
First circular building
Aldar HQ (Headquarters), Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Aldar HQ building is Arabia’s first circular building
Aldar HQ constructed with the golden ratio: In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. Expressed algebraically, for quantities
If the inner circle were the circumference of the building, the ground level would be at the base of the pentagram (at the figure’s feet).Aldar HQ Building
Aldar HQ Building also popularly called as “Coin Building” and “Circular Building”.
The revolutionary semi-spherical building, created by MZ Architects, consists of two circular convex-shaped facades connected by a thin band of indented glass. This famous, totally glass building has a completely round elevation and curves in every other direction.
The building is mainly famous for its excellent architecture, which accounts for the bustling visitor activity it experiences on an average day. In the evening, when the building is illuminated by the setting sun, the view of the structure only improves.
The circular shape in architecture
The Circle symbolizes unity, stability, rationality. It is also the symbol of infinity, without beginning or end, perfection, the ultimate geometric symbol. It represents a completeness which encompasses all space and Time.
The Sphere, the 2-dimentional circle, is hailed by Boullée as the ideal and perfect form since no trick of perspective can alter its appearance.
The AlDar Headquarters designed by MZ Architects has a distinctive and innovative design: a semispherical building comprising two circular convex shaped facades linked by a narrow band of indented glazing. This iconic fully glazed structure is completely circular in elevation and curved in all other directions.
Total Built Up Area (Including Basement) : 123,000 sqm
Cost : AED 1,000,000,000
Owner & Developer : Al Dar Properties
City : Abu Dhabi
Country : United Arab Emirates
Aldar HQ Headquarters Location
The Aldar HQ building is located at Al Raha Beach, a brand-new community in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the same-named Emirate. This is the initial phase of a project that, when finished, could accommodate more than 120,000 people. The structure has a prime site, visible from the Dubai-Abu Dhabi expressway, encircled by the city, the sea, and the canal.
How to reach Aldar HQ Building
You must go 20 kilometers from the major city to get to Aldar HQ Building. Because there isn’t much public transportation in this neighborhood, take a cab instead.
Abu Dhabi Bus lines stop near Al Dar Headquarters: 160, 162, 218
Abu Dhabi Bus Station to Aldar Headquarters building bus services, operated by Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, arrive at Raha Mall station.
The line 175 bus from Abu Dhabi – Hazaa Bin Zayed Street to Raha Mall takes 51 min including transfers and departs hourly.
Abu Dhabi Bus Stand or Bus Terminal to Al Raha Aldar HQ Building by Taxi cost you approximately 60-70 Dirhams.
Entry charges and timings for visits to the Aldar HQ building
The Aldar HQ building is accessible for tourist at any time of the day, and while visiting may require permission, there are no entry costs.
Things to do at Aldar HQ Building
Although the building may be viewed from the inside by tourists, there aren’t many things to do there because it’s a commercial area. From outside, you can get the greatest perspective of the structure. Since the structure is the water, it has a lovely view in front of it. The building vista is much more stunning after dusk and in the evening. One can take a lot of photos of the building and also along with the building.
Project Information Source: ArchDaily