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Saturday, March 8, 2008

World's First Positive Energy Building

Masdar%20Top%20GI.jpgThe Masdar HQ in Abu Dhabi has big ambitions; the site is planned to be the world's first positive energy building, meaning it will create more energy than it consumes. Checkout some more fantastic images by clicking through the gallery.

The project is expected to cost $300 million, and it will form an impressive center piece to Masdar City, which will be a $22 billion development stretching out beyond Abu Dhabi. The Masdar HQ is the very vision of a greener future. In fact, a roof pier will be the first part of the building to be hoisted into place, which will be covered in solar panels that will generate energy for its own construction. The complete structure will encompass some 1.3 million square feet, and we think the term "intelligent design" should now be redefined to accommodate the Masdar HQ's structural plans. [Product Page via Dvice]


greg anderson,  March 9, 2008 at 3:31 AM  

Unfortunately, a building like that can't be make in Revit. Curtain system grid can;t be rotate, curtain panels can't warp on a curved surface, no nurbs or loft tool to make the roof, scalability ect.

Gregory Arkin - CADD Centers of Florida March 9, 2008 at 9:45 AM  

Thank you for pointing that out. It's sometimes a bit difficult to decide what content to post on my blog and it's even worse if the words archicad or autocad are mentioned.

Nonetheless, I put this here as an inspiration to green building, not specifically to Revit.

I may not be 100% correct, but if you look to an earlier posting of my from this week, http://bimboom.blogspot.com/2008/03/swept-away-with-revit.html, made with Revit Architecture 2009, you can put curtain wall around a curved surface.

We could have a whole other conversation about creating buildings that are easier to construct and not using such complex shapes and curves to keep construction costs down, but I'll save that one for another time.

I do appreciate your input, so thanks for the comments.

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