Waterfront Development, Abu Dhabi

Fluid Structures are the structural engineers on this exclusive waterfront development in Abu Dhabi.

  • Project Cost Confidential
  • Architect Make Architects
  • Images Fluid Structures / Make Architects

The buildings act as an exclusive holiday facility and include business rooms, cafes, gym/spa and a signature restaurant and bar.

In addition there is a mid-height leisure deck with reception at ground and pool and car parking at basement level. The substructure and primary structure of the frame are reinforced concrete and the skin consists of a translucent stone veneer or a structural glass carrying system.

Fluid are currently preparing design documentation with Make Architects (who are led by Ken Shuttleworth) an internationally famous Architect. The structural work will require the successful marriage of the insitu concrete elements cast to tight tolerances with the prefabricated curved skin cladding.

Structural Strategy for Biomorphic Forms

The organic form of each ‘pebble’’ is modelled digitally in order to understand the structure and scale of its panelling. An initial rib structure is generated to subdivide the entire skin into a series of modules.

The rib structure is then imported into FEA (finite element analysis) software to determine the size of the structural elements. Colour coding facilitates the identifying of different thicknesses.

Next a scaled physical model is rapid prototyped in order to analyse the form within the context of a scaled landscape model.