One of the UAE’s towering structures, the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi, has been named one of the best buildings in the world, Gulf News has reported.
The tallest tower in Abu Dhabi, which stands 383 metres and is now home to a little over 1,000 residents, has caught the attention of global building experts and earned the 2015 Best Tall Building Award for the Middle East and Africa region.
Experts at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which initiated the awards, were impressed by the design of the Abu Dhabi tower, particularly its “smooth, sleek and reflective façade” that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
“The Burj adds a beautiful form to the Abu Dhabi skyline, which can be seen from quite a distance,” said Mun Summ Wong, the awards jury chair and founding director of WOHA Architects in Singapore.
“The building incorporates thoughtful design elements to increase its energy efficiency, such as the solar collectors and the ventilated three-skin façade. I also appreciate the traditional marketplace integrated with the base of the structure.”
The annual awards aims to recognise projects, as well as individuals, that contribute to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban development.