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Abu Dhabi World Trade Center

 - Mar 13, 2008
References: dezeen
Not to be confused with Dubai, Abu Dhabi is on a building binge of its own. This is the World Trade Center to be built on Al Raha Beach, the spectacular spit of land for the waterfront east.

Everything that can be housed in a city building will be in this spectacular piece of architecture by Foster + Partners. This is their start toward a strong environmental strategy for their structures.

"The Abu Dhabi World Trade Center is a multi-use building that brings together offices, apartments, a hotel and shops to encourage a constant pattern of economic and social activity throughout the day," Dezeen explains.

"Wrapped in a shimmering skin, the building's sinuous form rises up to a tower at its eastern tip. This distinctive envelope is a reactive louvered shading system that is angled to minimize solar gain depending on orientation. The main entrance to the south connects to a soaring central atrium, which is buffered from the climatic extremes by the apartments and offices that line the perimeter."

The stunning images seen in the gallery were revealed this week at the MIPIM property fair in Cannes. Construction is set to begin early this summer.