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Masdar University

Client: Fosters and Partners

Location: Abu Dhabi

Masdar is the world’s first carbon-neutral and zero-waste city, designed by leading international architects Foster + Partners. Residents and commuters enjoy the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint. The city is powered entirely by solar energy, and several sustainable technologies were pioneered as a model for future buildings.

For the Masdar project, Pacific Green worked with the architects to produce over 200 external Palmwood® architectural facades and features, specified for their environmental credentials and aesthetic appeal. Eight gates at the entrance routes act to filter the hot desert winds; 4-metre tall screens channel cooling air currents through the internal corridors and help to dissipate sunlight; and external louvers provide shade to exposed classrooms and glazed areas. Palmwood’s durability makes it suitable for the desert setting.

Masdar won the International Award for architectural excellence of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2011.