Exploring the Masdar Institute Campus
Welcome to the Masdar
The first six buildings of the Masdar Institute Campus are
complete and serve as a model of sustainability. This document
provides an overview of the design strategies and materials used.
Masdar City is an emerging global clean-technology opportunities, provides a test-bed for new technologies,
cluster that inspires innovation and empowers encourages informal knowledge sharing among
business. With an infrastructure that meets the likeminded professionals and serves as a magnet
needs of the high-technology, knowledge-driven for, and source of world-class talent.
organisations operating in the renewable energy
This unique environment is attracting regional and
and clean technology sector and a live-work space
international companies and other organisations to
that is at the cutting edge of sustainability.
set up sales, marketing, servicing and demonstration
Powered by renewable energy, the 7km2 special centres for their renewable energy and sustainability
economic zone and business cluster places resident technologies, as well as research and development
firms at the heart of the global renewable energy facilities, and regional headquarters in these fields.
and cleantech industry. It provides an environment
that unlocks creativity, offers business development
The Masdar Institute
Campus at dusk
Masdar Institute Campus integrated with Masdar City
The DNA of Masdar Institute • The campus is bisected by the linear park.
The Masdar institute is a key catalyst for the • An environment intelligent orientation of the
development of Masdar City and is located within buildings that optimises the outdoor thermal
the first phase of the project close to the central comfort of the public realm.
spine and adjacent to the first ‘green finger’ • The creation of walkways inside the city which
The urban form of the Masdar Institute Campus are always shaded through overhangs and
is a microcosm of the fabric of the city as a whole narrow streets.
and provides examples of the goals of the built • The creation of a variety of façades which enrich
form strategy: the image of the city.
• The creation of an interesting variety of open
public and private spaces.
Phase 1A - Completed
Proposed Masterplan for
the Masdar Institute Campus
A view of the façade at the
Masdar Institute Campus
Why is the Masdar Institute
An Energy Efficient Design 6
How is the Masdar Institute Campus Powered? 12
Pilot Projects Thermal Energy 14
Pilot Projects Solar Cooling 15
How does the Masdar Institute Campus work with water? 16
How does the Masdar Institute Campus work with waste? 17
Transportation in the Masdar Institute Campus 18
An Energy Efficient Design
Bringing such a project to life necessarily began at
the design stage, long before the first shovel of sand
was lifted. It will continue throughout the construction
phase and will be maintained during the life of the
city. This section provides an overview of the design
strategies that have been incorporated in the Masdar
The building height and orientation in relationship to
the sun has been designed to minimise solar heat gain
within the local environment. This has a direct impact
on the immediate environment and the amount of
energy consumed to air condition the space within.
North/South East/West Northeast/Southwest
The North-South orientation An East-West alignment The Northeast-Southwest
of streets allows sunlight results in an increase in orientation of the city fabric
penetration to the urban fabric cooling load requirement provides optimal shading.
with a subsequent increase due to the exposure of
in cooling loads. external walls to sunlight.
Artistic impression highlighting the location of the Masdar
Institute Campus within the Masdar City masterplan
Contemporary re-interpretation of traditional A PTFE membrane will carry the wind downward,
Arabic Windtower brings cooling breezes to while mist generators at the top will add additional
Courtyard. Rising 45m above the podium, this cooling to the air. PTFE is the scientific name for the
modern interpretation of one of the region’s most well-known non-stick brand Teflon. Combinations
iconic traditional architectural features will be a of evaporative cooling and air movement techniques
landmark for the Masdar Institute neighbourhood. help to moderate perceived air temperatures, thereby
The tower’s height means it can capture the cooler improving personal comfort.
upper-level winds and direct them to the open-air
Masdar Institute will use the tower as a platform for
public square at its base. Sensors at the top of the
their scientific instruments. This includes weather
steel structure will operate high-level louvers to
measuring equipment and air quality testing tools.
open in the direction of prevailing winds and to close
in other directions to divert wind down the tower.
Diagram explaining working of
the windtower at Masdar City
controlled by sensors ,
monitor the direction of
the prevailing winds are
controlled to direct wind
down the tower.
The windtower is used as
These jets located at
a platform for monitoring
high level, humidify the
equipment by Masdar
air to make it cooler
on the ground. It’s an
Lighting of the inner sock
acts as an indicator to the
energy used collectively
by students and faculty
throughout the day.
Diagram showing working of
traditional Arabian Windtower or Barajeel
The fire escapes to
the laboratories are
located externally to
eliminate the need for
shading is provided
through a horizontal
Pedestrian circulation at Lightweight, reflective
ground level within and ETFE façades minimise
around MIST is through heat gains during the day
shaded colonnades, and reflect daylight into
that can be screened to residential apartments.
provide shade to low-
angle sun and protection
provide thermal mass
at street level. These
surfaces cool over night
and are protected from
solar exposure during
the day. This stored
‘coolth’ is slowly released
to reduce the radiant
temperature within the
street during the day.
A typical street at the
Masdar Institute Campus
Shading Thermal Analysis
The creation of shade routes encourages pedestrian The comparative images below show the difference
activity at street level. Colonades have been incorporated in radiant temperature that these design features
into the design in all buildings within the Masdar generate. A typical central Abu Dhabi street
Institute. These colonades are cooled by high thermal photographed through a thermal imaging camera
mass materials applied to soffits, walls and ceilings. shows bright white hot spots and the street in
Masdar Institute is cool in comparison. This
difference in radiant temperature of up to 20oC
Façade Construction is quite an achievement.
The building’s façades have been developed to
Central Abu Dhabi
passively mitigate heat transfer while also being
highly sealed to minimise the energy required with
conditioning the internal spaces. Materials with a low
thermal mass act as fast responsive system which
cools down very quickly at night to avoid radiantly
heating the public realm. Materials with high thermal
mass, if strategically used in shaded location, can help
store “coolth” to radiantly cool shaded colonades.
The emphasis in the choice of sustainable materials
and products for the Masdar Institute buildings has
been to have them locally sourced and manufactured.
Where possible, consideration has been made to
sustainable factors such as recyclability, low embodied
energy properties, low emission materials and finishes,
within the building’s specification in line with Masdar’s
Central Masdar Institute 47 C o
Abu Dhabi Fully shaded Masdar Institute Added active
Desert (unshaded) colonnades Lush green garden water feature
The delicate leaf
pattern of a Jacaranda
dappled shade to the
and contrasts with the
abstract patterns of the
Example of flora at Masdar Institute
The native plant species sourced from local nurseries • A series of distinct visual character areas to aid
link Masdar Institute to its immediate context as wayfinding within the City.
well as providing practical benefits, which include
• Extensive planting to bring colour, visual and
reducing air temperature in public spaces. The
sensory delight into the heart of the City.
strategically located water features provide indirect
cooling and create a relaxing environment. • The Masdar City Landscape and Public Real
Strategy has established an irrigation key
The Masdar Institute Campus consists of a series of
performance indicator (KPI) of 6 litres per m2 per
courtyard and street spaces, each with a distinct
day (as an annual average).
theme derived from characteristics of the regional
landscape. A dramatic main courtyard, ‘the Oasis’ • Reduced irrigation requirement fed by recycled
provides the campus with a flexible space suitable for water (treated sewerage effluent or TSE).
individuals, small groups or large gatherings, with • Native species sourced from local nurseries to
numerous seating areas surrounded by lush planting reduce environmental impact and directly link
and gently bubbling water features beneath the iconic Masdar Institute to its immediate context.
• A planting scheme developed to provide year-round
Key landscape design elements at the Masdar visual interest, with flowering grasses, shrubs and
Institute Campus include: trees offering bursts of reds and yellows in contrast
• Reduced air temperature in public spaces through to the green oasis.
use of shading by buildings and planting. • Strategically located water features used to provide
• An attractive, high-quality, accessible environment indirect cooling and create a relaxing environment.
for all users.
of hard landscape
materials with recycled
content is an important
part of the approach
An image showing landscaping in a
courtyard at the Masdar Institute Campus
How is the Masdar Institute Campus Powered?
10MW Solar Photovoltaic Farm Roof Top PV array
This plant, whose 87,777 polycrystalline and The photovoltaic array above the buildings help
thin-film modules occupy a 22-hectare site at provide 30% of the base electrical load of the
the outer boundary of Masdar City, is the largest campus. Raised above the laboratories and
grid-connected solar plant in the Middle East. residential apartments, it also helps to provide
Inaugurated in May 2009, the farm provides clean additional shading to the streets and public realm
energy to the Masdar Institute Campus and Masdar’s while also reducing the amount of direct solar
temporary on-site offices, as well as some of the gain absorbed by the heavily insulated roofs.
ongoing Masdar City construction activities.
The energy is fed into the Abu Dhabi power grid.
Abu Dhabi-based Enviromena Power Systems, a
leading developer of solar projects in the region,
constructed the plant.
Rooftop PV panels on the
Masdar Institute building.
Aerial view of the 10MW
Solar panels at Masdar City
Roof Top PV PV array
ETC (1MW) (10MW)
75% 30% 70%
Evacuated Tube Collectors Excess power
(Solar Thermal) returned to the
Abu Dhabi grid
Service Hot Water
PV Diagram explaining how the
Photovoltaic Panels Masdar Institute Campus is powered
Pilot Projects Thermal Energy
Beam Down Project Geothermal Testing
The Beam Down Project - a joint pilot project of the One of the most exciting projects at Masdar City
Masdar Institute, Japan’s Cosmo Oil Company and the was the exploratory drilling deep underground to
Tokyo Institute of Technology - takes the conventional test the availability of sufficient, and sufficiently
concentrated solar power (CSP) design and literally hot, geothermal water to be used in thermal cooling
turns it on its head. and domestic hot water. Power production and
desalination also constitute possible applications
Most CSP plants use mirrors (heliostats) to direct
of geothermal energy, although in our case, purely
the sun’s rays onto a receiver at the top of a central
thermal applications (cooling, domestic hot water,
tower, heating a heat-transfer fluid (molten salt, oil
desalination) are the most advantageous. The
or water), which then is used to generate steam for
amount of cooling, desalination and heating the
a steam turbine.
geothermal resource can provide is being evaluated.
Managed by Masdar Institute, the Beam Down Plant This will be a direct geothermal plant relying on
has the potential to convert sunlight into electricity in a heat exchange with deep underground aquifers.
more efficient, lower-cost way than other technologies.
Initial results are promising and confirm Masdar City’s
By placing the receiver at the base of the tower (ground
ability to address a significant portion of the base
level), the thesis is that it will eliminate the energy loss
cooling load of the city’s first phase using absorption
resulting from pumping the fluid to an elevated receiver.
chillers continuously supplied with geothermal heat.
The main focus initially is expected to be thermal
cooling and, possibly, central provision of hot water.
Beam Down Project Geothermal Testing
Pilot Projects Solar Cooling
Solar thermal cooling, which is likely to constitute a Solar thermal air-conditioning systems can generally
significant source of cooling in Masdar City, involves be divided in two categories:
harnessing energy from solar thermal collectors to
1. Low-temperature devices (i.e., single-effect
produce chilled water or dehumidified air (geothermal
absorption chillers, desiccant dehumidifiers), which
resources are an alternative energy source). This
are powered by low-grade hot water produced from
technology drastically reduces electricity consumption
non-concentrating flat-plate or evacuated tube solar
by using a thermo-chemical process that involves a
collectors or geothermal sources.
mixture of water and special salts, such as lithium
chloride or lithium bromide, to condition air – rather 2. High-temperature devices (i.e., multiple-effect
than electric-powered vapour compressors. absorption chillers), which require the use of
concentrating solar collectors using reflective
mirrors to focus and concentrate sunlight.
Solar Cooling system at Masdar City
How does the Masdar Institute Campus work with water?
The Masdar Institute building has been designed Water-use reduction technologies include high-
to minimise water consumption and maximise the efficiency appliances, low-flow showers, highly
efficiency of treatment and production techniques. efficient laundry systems, a water tariff that promotes
In the long term the goal is to reduce, in stages, the water efficiency, incentives, real-time monitoring,
domestic water consumption to the target potable smart water metres that inform consumers of their
water consumption of 105 litres per person per day, consumption, reducing leakage ultimately to 1%,
with an initial target of 179 litres per person per treated wastewater recycling, and high-efficiency
day, far below business as usual. The improvement irrigation and low-water use landscaping, particularly
from 179 per person per day to 105 per person per through use of indigenous desert flora.
day is expected to be achieved through increased The current wastewater system combines grey water
environmental awareness to residents over time. and black water for processing and treatment at the
city’s membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant. The treated
sewage effluent produced at the MBR will be used
for landscaping. The biosolids resulting from the
wastewater treatment can be reused for compositing
and in any future waste-to-energy plant.
How does the Masdar Institute Campus work with waste?
The waste management strategy at the Masdar Once collected, the waste is sorted into compostable,
Institute building seeks to minimise waste to landfill non-recyclable and recyclable waste. All appropriate
and maximise the resource potential of materials bio-waste will be composted and the product used
(i.e., recycling and reuse). As a first step, systems to enrich the landscaping. At a future date recyclable
will be used and awareness will be raised to reduce waste will be processed in the city or as close by
the amount of waste generated in the city, i.e., by as possible.
encouraging reusable bags and containers. The
next step is to sort and collect the waste produced
by those living and working here. Masdar Institute
buildings have separate waste chutes to allow for
the separation of waste.
and sorted Recyc
Waste to-energy du
(planned pilot cts
Recycling project) Composting
Diagram illustrating the waste strategy
at the Masdar Institute Campus
Transportation in the Masdar Institute
Transportation In addition, a public transport system of electric buses
and other clean-energy vehicles will provide transport
In answering one of the overriding priorities of
within the city, while Abu Dhabi’s light rail and Metro
Masdar City’s master plan – to be a pedestrian-
lines will pass through the centre of Masdar City,
focused community – a rich network of public and
providing transport within the city and serving as a link
personal transportation options will ensure it is
to the wider metropolitan area. This extensive public
easy to move across the city in comfort and ease.
transportation network means that no destination
As a result, walking and self-propelled transport
within the city will be more than 250-300m from some
will be the most convenient forms of transportation
form of public transport. Most private vehicles will be
to many destinations within the city, as well as the
kept at the city’s edge in a number of parking lots that
most pleasant. This is the result of planners’ focus
will be linked by electric bus routes to other public
on created extensive shaded sidewalks and pathways
transportation traversing the city.
throughout the city.
Shaded sidewalks and
pathways at Masdar Institute
PRT at Masdar City
Diagram explaining the proximity of city
landmarks to the Masdar Institute Campus.
Station Green Space
Neighbourhood Places of
The Built Environment
Climate Lobbies (Transitional Temperature Spaces) 22
Laboratories Exterior 24
Laboratories Interior 26
Residential Exterior 28
Residential Interior 30
Knowledge Centre 32
Knowledge Centre Interior 34
Achievements against UAE business as usual 37
Climate Lobbies (Transitional Temperature Spaces)
• Climate lobbies and Transitional temperature round - typically a difference of 6-8oC. Night time
spaces are designed to control and limit the extent air is ventilated through the transitional spaces
of the thermal shock that is felt by building users cooling high thermal mass walls to the night time
when they enter an leave the buildings. This occurs temperatures. During the day the transitional
as a result of moving between the hot external spaces are sealed from the external air and the high
environment to a colder air conditioned space; thermal mass walls radiate ‘coolth’ into the spaces;
or visa versa. resulting in minimal of no additional air conditioning
required to the spaces for much of the year.
• Transitional temperature spaces at the Masdar
Institute include the main vertical and horizontal - The residential atriums are naturally lit during
circulation route - for example the entrance the day with indirect north light, and extensive
lobbies and corridor walkways in the residential computer modelling ensures that window shading
apartment atriums. and orientation eliminates direct sunlight, and its
associate heat gains.
• The use of these transitional temperature spaces
allow for the temperature of the fully occupied • Use of lowered blinds in the residential colonnades
spaces (such as the laboratories) to be set at a during the hot summer months help trap radiant
higher temperature than typical buildings. This “coolth” from the colonnade soffit to provide shaded
results in significant energy savings on the air cool pedestrian routes.
conditioning requirements, as a result of the
• Use of high performance double glazed glass
smooth transition in temperatures as people
units and solar control coatings, to all glass
move between external and internal conditions.
ensures thermal heat gains are minimised and
• The Residential building atriums spaces can be kept also provide greater visual connection due to
at approximately 30oC for a large part of the year. reduced condensation that typically occurs on
This is achieved by taking advantage of the day / external faces of glazing in the region.
night time temperature variation that occurs year
Folding Doors Folding Doors
Closed during the hot Closed during the hot
summer months to “trap” summer months to “trap”
residual conditioned air residual conditioned air
and “coolth” but opened and “coolth” but opened
during cooler winter Exposed Thermal Mass during cooler winter
Concrete surfaces and
soffits in shaded locations
to provide free radiant
Reception at Masdar Institute
The roof skylights have
been computer modelled
to ensure direct sunlight
is eliminated and lit
naturally during the day
with indirect north light.
Maintained at a steady
30oC through passive
design utilising thermal
mass and avoiding direct
At the base of the
atrium Grilles are used
to ventilate the space
during the night to cool
the thermal mass of
the walls. These grilles
are then closed during
the day where the walls
then radiate “coolth,”
conditioning the space.
Pathways at the residential areas
of the Masdar Institute Campus
The Masdar Institute Phase 1A laboratories are a Windows are used to introduce natural controlled
unique super flexible laboratories that have been daylight into the laboratories via clerestoreys
designed in response to the Masdar Institute vision ensuring views out when either standing or sat
for cutting edge research to be carried out there. at a workbench. These windows throughout the
Mixing all five initial academic research programmes laboratories are then shaded with a combination
within the same laboratory spaces on interdisciplinary of horizontal and vertical fins eliminating high and
programs represents the future for how research low level angled sunlight.
- and scientific breakthroughs will occur; particularly
The solid areas of the façade incorporate a silver frit
in the realm of sustainable research programmes
pattern to the external surface and a thin aluminium
where standard practice science types are only
mirror finish or “solar surface” to the inner that
reflects light in a controlled way down to the
The laboratory façade has to mitigate between the streets below.
requirements of the internal lab space and the high
Based on a modular solution, the prefabrication and
temperatures of the region. A key aspect of this is to
repitition of the individual cladding units help to
have a building façade which is highly insulated and
minimise waste during the fabrication process while
as air tight as possible. Any glass used in the
also providing a greater degree of finish to minimise
elevation creates a weak link in the façade’s thermal
infiltration/exfiltration which the Masdar sustainability
performance and therefore need to be located
and utilised as effectively as possible.
Laboratory courtyard at the Masdar
Institute Campus (upward view)
Elevated and overhung to
maximise area for energy
generation and provide
shading to the street
and Foil Cushions
Reflective inner layer to
bounce daylight down
to street level while
levels in residential
elements designed to
eliminate the direct
solar gain to reduce
cooling loads within the
Passive Shading Element
Passive shading element
density and distribution
computer modelling to
maximise daylighting and
visual connection within
the open laboratories.
podium level set back
as defined within the
to provide year-round
colonades for walking
A view of the laboratory building
at the Masdar Institute Campus
Lighting Lighting Systems
Indirect lighting Intelligent controls
enhances visual maximise daylight
comfort for utilisation, energy
researchers. savings and enhanced
Active Chilled Beams
Provide fresh air and Plug and Play
cooling with fresh air
Labs offer unparalleled
volumes reduced by
‘plug and play’ flexibility
over 40% through the
and adaptability for
use of advanced air
each lab bay having
separate overhead lab
‘multi service beams’.
These provide dedicated
connectivity to power,
comms, lab gases and
fluids, lighting, fresh air
lighting, cooling and
fresh air systems to
match supply to demand.
The open laboratories
and lab support areas are
designed to a vibration
criteria VC-A to ensure
flexibility of layouts.
Interior of Laboratory at Masdar Institute
The concept for flexible laboratories has meant that floor plates and open plan spaces free of columns
the Masdar Institute design does not fall into any within the laboratories. Services are all provided from
normal laboratory building ‘type’ where lab buildings overhead on a grid system - with a robust resin floor
are designed around specific science / research that allows for the laboratories to be used wet lab
requirements. research programmes also. The labs have been
designed such that they could be converted to biotech
At the Masdar Institute the flexible ‘plug and play’
/ bio science laboratories with minimal conversion
base build services and flexible casework / office pod
costs. Thus minimising the environmental impact
systems allow for the building interiors to be easily
associated typically with building retrofitting to
reconfigured to suit changing needs of the research
suit the ever changing needs of the science
programmes accommodated. This required investment
in a robust building fabric - including low vibration
Example laboratories furniture configuration.
Open Lab Layout Plan – Option 1 Open Lab Layout Plan – Option 2
Open Lab Layout Plan – Option 3 Open Lab Layout Plan – Option 4
The residential concept for the Masdar Institute The high density low-rise living is a major component of
focuses on the creation of lively energetic this low impact development and is vital in achieving
neighbourhoods. The university campus is a balanced socially and commercially sustainable
conceptualised around a hierarchy of streets campus. The marriage of traditional Arabic building
and squares that form the backdrop to an practice and modern technologies satisfy demands
environment of integration, communication for style, adaptability and flexibility while keeping a
and co-operation; a place active day or night. sustainable footprint.
Caption to beresidential façade
A view of the confirmed
Caption to be confirmed
at the Masdar Institute Campus
Each apartment has its
own shaded balcony,
screened for privacy and
Area vary in response to
daylight availability, and
are positioned to wash
walls and ceilings with
ease of installation
The form of the
were influenced not
only by the surrounding
dunes for their form
but also the use of sand
as the aggregate to
the Glass Reinforced
Concrete (GRC) which
gives the cladding their
Façade of residential at Masdar Institute
Residential Interior at Masdar Institute
Levels over three times
better than ASHRAE
FSC timber frames
at the lowest possible
• Floor covering
of Linseed Oil.
• Ranked first as Nature
friendly Floor covering.
To keep rooms cool.
to maximise reflection of
daylight and reduce usage
of artificial lighting.
Living Area Bathroom Study Area
• Apartments are accessed via a fully shaded, atrium • Particle Board is FSC, contain less than 8mg/100gr
space that exploits thermal mass and natural formaldehyde and is made of 100% recycled post-
ventilation to provide free cooling – atrium rooflights consumption materials.
allow diffuse daylight, blocking direct sunlight and • Varnishes for Door Handles are water base.
providing additional roof area for PVs.
• Extruded Aluminium for Door Handle + Structure
• FSC timber-framed high performance low-e double of Wall Panelling: is 100% Recycled Aluminium.
glazing system, with openable windows positioned
to maximise natural ventilation effectiveness. • Kitchen Work-top and Splash-back are made of
100% Recycled Waste Stone.
• Acoustic separation ensures privacy and
peaceful study. • Water saving specification will enable a reduction
of up to 54% in potable water consumption
• Metering for each unit provides feedback to the compared to UAE baseline.
building facilities manager and individual occupants
on energy and water and cooling demand. • Dedicated potable and recycled water supplies,
with separate grey and blackwater drainage.
• The first phase of the Institute campus has 102
residential apartments spread between four • Latest low-energy lighting specification including
residential blocks; one of which is a female block. the latest LED systems.
• Laminate for Furniture, Operable Walls and Doors is • When unoccupied, each apartment enters a
made of Unbleached Cellulose Fibrous Material and ‘sleep’ mode to minimise energy consumption.
Water based Resins. • iBMS control of cooling and lighting provided
• Adhesives between Particle Board and Laminate are for Masdar Institute demand response ‘smart
Water based and less than 3.5% VOC. appliance’ pilot project.
A typical layout of a one bedroom
apartment in the Masdar Institute Campus
The slightly flattened spherical shape of the The glulam (glued laminated) timber roof is graceful
university’s Knowledge Centre reflects the and beautiful, and it was chosen over steel because by
designers’ efforts to optimise the building’s using FSC- and PEFC-certified timber, it has a lower
photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting – based on its embodied energy coefficient. On the northeast section
orientation, the inclination of the PV panels and of the building’s exterior roof, the eye-catching flat
maximisation of the roof’s surface area. As well, a and folded zinc cladding provides ventilated shading
large self-shading overhang allows for a full wall of to parts of the building and the Family Square.
glass. Generally, in order to reduce building cooling
The diagram below shows how the design of the
loads, all windows in Masdar City must be shaded to
Knowledge Centre evolved to produce not only a
prevent direct sunlight from reaching inside. This
striking architectural statement, but an efficient,
window not only provides a large amount of natural
light to enter the study areas of the centre, but it also
offers views on to one of the city’s “green finger”
linear parks that passes close by the centre.
1) ORIENT SOUTH 2) BRING CORNERS DOWN
Bring Corners Down
FACE SOUTH Evening Sun
• Maximizes Energy Generation • Self-Shades Facade/Blocks
Low-Angle Sun/Allows Glazing and Views
• Faces Linear Park
• Increase Roof Surface Area/
• Shades Facade to Allow Glazing/Views
Improves Energy Generation
3) RAISE CORNER/LOWER OVERHANG 4) ANGLE OVERHANG AND FACADE
Raise Winter Solstice
Corner Noon Sun
to 41.2 degrees
Lower Facade Overhang
• 10 Degrees Roof Angle • Maximizes Self-Shading/
Lower Optimizes Energy Generation Allows Glazing and Views
• Improves Natural Ventilation • Creates Colonnade
• Allows for Indirect Natural Light • Back of Shell Can Be Open
to Indirect Natural Light
Evolution of Knowledge Centre design
Oversailing roof shell
shades the overall
Building Orientation building to minimise the
Three-dimensional cooling load and control
form developed using the natural daylight
computational solar levels of the study
analysis to maximise the spaces within.
efficiency of the PV array
and thermal tubes.
The performance data
regards the PV panels
stated in the roof
whilst reducing glare
and preventing external
heat gains entering the
at street level.
A view of the Knowledge Centre
at the Masdar Institute Campus
Knowledge Centre Interior
The interior of the Knowledge Centre is divided into a • Laminate is made of Unbleached Cellulose Fibrous
vertical hierarchy of spaces, with social gathering on Material and Water based Resins.
the ground floor, group study and technology-driven
• Adhesives between Particle Board and Laminate
research in the central level, and private, quieter
are Water based and less than 3.5% VOC.
research areas dedicated to individual use on the
upper level away from the noise and activity of the • Particle Board is FSC, contain less than 8mg/100gr
active ground floor. formaldehyde and is made of 100% recycled post-
The interior of the knowledge centre is conditioned
by displacement ventilation from the raised floor • Varnishes are water based.
air plenum. • Extruded Aluminium + trims is 100%
Interior of Knowledge Centre
at Masdar Institute
Detail of staircase at Natural ventilation of the
the Knowledge Centre Knowledge Centre Roof
Maximise Views to the Park
Shading to seated area
Arranged around central water
feature to provide localized cooling.
Diagram showing the environmental
concept behind the Knowledge Centre
• Further refine the use of prefabrication where • Further thermal imaging analysis for strategically
possible, for environmental gains provided by locating water features in shaded areas and planting
minimising waste during production and also of trees and vegetation to provide localised cooling,
allow ease of installation on site. without wasting recycled water.
• Ensure the delivery of all passive design features • Further develop the position and optimisation of
in a building design - to help to ensure a good strategic use of thermal mass to provide free
sustainable base for the buildings performance, radiant cooling, from night time ‘purge’.
before seeking additional energy savings delivered
• Maximising use of diffuse daylight to provide natural
by active technology and behavioural change of
lighting to internal spaces and avoiding direct solar
the building users.
gain from sunlight.
• Further develop and refine local production and use
• Encourage the appointed contractors to implement
of locally sourced materials, providing a long term
on-site recycling and minimise the extent of packaging
investment in the local workforce and industry;
to procurred products delivered to reduce the
providing sustainable products that further reduce
overall quantity of waste going to landfill/incineration
embodied energy associated in the procurement
in line with Masdar City’s vision of low waste.
• Learning from the architectural heritage of the past
in the region to help inform the contemporary
“The Masdar Institute campus gives an insight into
the ways the future city will pursue sustainability, and
a wander through the complex is illuminating. The
campus, which consists of a main building, a knowledge
centre and student quarters, will use significantly less
energy and water than business as usual. In particular,
residential quarters of the complex is designed to use
around 51 percent less energy than average buildings
in the UAE, and 54 percent less water.
Around 30 percent of the campus’s energy will be
covered by solar panels on the roof, with 75 percent
of hot water also being heated by the sun”.
Achievements against UAE business as usual
Business as usual 390 litres per person per day
Masdar Institute Campus 179 litres per person per day
Annual energy consumption
Technologies providing % annual energy savings against
UAE business as usual (incremental contribution)
3% 15% 18% 45%
Solar hot water Efficient lighting Reduced cooling Efficient fans
system demand and efficient and pumps
Additional contribution from PV’s Proposed design
The Next Phase
Next Steps - Phase 1B of the Masdar Institute 40
Proposed Masterplan of Masdar City 42
Next Steps - Phase 1B of the Masdar Institute
Phase 1B is the second phase of the Masdar Institute This second phase compliments the facilities just
which is due to start construction shortly. It aims to completed on site by adding more residential
continue the vision for the research to be carried accommodation (219 1-bed apartments), laboratory
out there set by the first phase and re-enforcing space and laboratory core facilities (such as
the UAE’s vision in creating a sustainable research hi-bays, imaging suite and radio frequency shielding
hub. - primarily the desire to mix an extended laboratories) in addition to a Multi-Use Hall. The latter
academic research programme within the same provides the fledgling campus a new iconic building to
laboratory spaces. go with the Knowledge Centre in the first phase and
the City overall with additional recreational activities
with the introduction of a swimming pool and a
multiple function hall which can be arranged for
sport or as a flexible conference facility.
Phase 1B sq m
Common Facilities (including Multi-Use Hall) 5,860
Other Areas (Building Services, External 13,829
Circulation, External Balconies etc.)
Residential, female block (R3)
Detail showing the master plan of the
Masdar Institute Campus phase 1B
Open Plan Labs
Male block (R1) - 54
1 bed - 50
1 bed disabled - 4
Male block (R2) - 115
1 bed - 117
1 bed disabled - 0
Female block (R3) - 50
1 bed - 46
1 bed disabled - 4
Total – 219 Residential Apartments
Multi-Use Hall Podium
25m Swimming Pool Majlis (Male and Female)
Gym Prayer Rooms
Prefunction Room Canteen
Sports Hall Classrooms
7no. Hi-bay Labs
(inc. Radio Frequency
shielded hi-bays, Imaging Lab)
2no. FRT Loading Bay
Detail showing the master plan of the
Masdar Institute Campus phase 1B
of Masdar City
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