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Masdar Institute campus
April 8, 2011, 10:19 pm
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The campus, which consists of a main building, a knowledge centre and students’ quarters, will use significantly less energy and water than the average building in the UAE.  Around 30% of the campus’s energy will be covered by over 5,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels on the roof, with 75% of hot water also being heated by the sun.

The buildings feature self-shading facades that are orientated to provide maximum shade as well as sheltering adjacent building and the pedestrian streets below.  Windows in the residential buildings are protected by a modern reinterpretation of  ‘mashrabiya’, a type of latticed projecting oriel window, constructed with sustainably developed, glass-reinforced concrete, coloured with local sand to integrate with its desert context while minimizing maintenance. the perforations for light and shade are based on the patterns found in the traditional architecture of Islam.

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designed by Foster and Partners

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