Green milestone: Siemens opens new HQ in Masdar City
Abu Dhabi, January 23, 2014
Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, inaugu-rated its new Middle East headquarters at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s low-carbon, sustainable city.
The new Siemens building has been designed with sustainable materials and energy efficient technologies, making it the first Leed Platinum certified office in the UAE’s capital city.
The building has become a benchmark for future projects in the Middle East and beyond, due to the sustainability standards and development methodology used in building it, Siemens said.
Siemens is an anchor tenant at Masdar City.
“The opening of the new Siemens regional headquarters at Masdar City is testament to our unwavering commitment to the UAE and the Middle East,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East and UAE. “After more than 150 years in the region, we are proud to achieve another important milestone in the company’s history. With our new headquarters, we strive to serve our customers even better and enrich our contribution to the development of the region’s youth and societies to meet the needs of the future.”
One of the world’s most sustainable cities, Masdar City is on a mission to discover a “greenprint” for how cities can accommodate for denser populations, while reducing waste as well as energy and water consumption.
“Siemens’ presence as an anchor tenant marks a significant step forward in Masdar City’s growth as a leading global model of sustainable design and modern urban planning,” said Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and CEO of Masdar.
“This Leed Platinum certified building demonstrates that resource efficiency can be cost competitive in our market and represents the standard of buildings that need to be more widely adopted across the UAE and the region.”
Designed by acclaimed architects Sheppard Robson International, the Siemens headquarters is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the region. Its design, sustainable building materials and energy-saving technologies reduce energy con-sumption by almost 50 per cent, compared to conventional buildings of the same size.
Raised in the air, the building provides a generous, naturally shaded public space for parts of Masdar City. Based on the concept of a ‘box within a box,’ the structure has a highly insulated, airtight inner facade designed to reduce thermal conductivity, and a lightweight aluminum external shading system, which minimises solar gain while maximising daylight and views from the building. Integrated Building Technologies from Siemens ensure that energy supply is correspondent to demand, facilitating efficient use of resources, the company said.
Siemens has installed a number of fully integrated building technologies, including an advanced building management system to enable increased energy efficiency and optimal savings to operational costs.
The building, located in the heart of Masdar City with 18,000 sq m of office space, has also been fitted with the latest Siemens Security Systems as well as Fire Alarm and Gas Suppression and Lighting Control and Management technologies.
To date, the building has won 16 prestigious awards, including the MIPIM Architec-tural Review Future Projects Awards 2012 in the Offices Category and the Interna-tional Property Award Winners - Arabia 2012 for Best Office Architecture.
In addition to the new Abu Dhabi premises, Siemens has major operations in Dubai at The Galleries in Downtown Jebel Ali with approximately 800 office staff. – TradeArabia News Service