Nikken designs on show at Cityscape
Dubai, October 16, 2007
Nikken Sekkei will be presenting a series of selected 'green' designs from its extensive international portfolio at Cityscape Dubai.
The world's top architectural practice and global leader in sustainable technologies has already won contracts worth $1.25 billion in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Cityscape Dubai opens later today and concludes on October 18.
"Due to the increased awareness of the benefits of sustainable development, especially in the Middle East, Cityscape Dubai will provide us with a great opportunity to demonstrate our excellence in green technology," said general manager and Nikken Sekkei's representative in UAE Dr Fadi Jabri.
"They are no longer just concepts, this technology is not only accessible, it's cost-effective," he added.
The five projects on show will include Toyota Motor Corporation HQ building, which used the world's largest mirror duct to bring sunlight into an underground café and floor air conditioning pumped through porous carpet tiles.
Also on exhibit will be the Jiaikai Amami hospital which utilises a unique solar heat collection and uses well water for cooling. Another initiative at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency offices employs an automatic high-speed dimming control system and mirror ducts to reduce electricity for lighting.
Nikken Sekkei was awarded the contract to design the Burj Al Alam, a 501-metre landmark tower in Business Bay. It will also design the centrepiece of the new Dubai Maritime City as well as securing the contract for the mixed-use Andalusia project in Jeddah.- TradeArabia News Service