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Al Bahr Towers: The Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters



Al Bahr Towers: The Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters

Peter Oborn

ISBN: 978-1-118-79333-6 December 2014 208 Pages


This publication is entirely centered on the design and delivery of Al Bahr Towers. With 300-colour images, it is highly visual with specially commissioned photography by Christian Richters. An illustrated introduction by the architectural correspondent of The Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote provides an engaging account of the background behind the building: the client, the circumstances behind the commission and its most significant architectural precedents. Expert insight is provided into the history and philosophy of Islamic architecture by Professor Eric Ormsby of The Institute of Ismaili Studies. A unique description of the design and procurement of these ground-breaking structures is provided by architectural author Edward Denison.

11 Foreword
Khalifa M Al Kindi

12 Preface
Peter Oborn

16 Al Bahr Towers
Edwin Heathcote

Form, Geometry, Technology, Symbolism Technology And Meaning Kinetic Architecture: Connected Culture

78 The Influence of Traditional Islamic Architecture
Eric Ormsby

Muslim Architects

The Influence Of Natural Forms

The Qur’anic Basis

Some Principles Of Traditional Islamic Architecture

The Role Of Light

The Mashrabiya

The Tower

Divine Geometry

98 The Design of Al Bahr Towers
Edward Denison

Design Concept

Design Development

146 Procurement and Construction
Edward Denison

The Programme Principles

Advance Orders

Enabling Work And Main Contract


184 The Project Team

194 The Painting
Jonathan Meuli

208 Picture Credits