Sustainable Architecture: Bahrain World Trade Center

By May 4, 2016Design

Whether incorporating eco-friendly practices or utilizing nature without harm, SH Architecture always looks for sustainable architecture that goes beyond what people imagined. We have again looked overseas to find another sustainable architecture marvel. East of Saudi Arabia, on an island nation known as Bahrain, there stands the Bahrain World Trade Center—the first skyscraper to incorporate wind turbines into its architectural design.

A Sustainable Architecture Marvel

Located in the city Manama, this 787 feet, 50-floor, twin-tower structure opened in 2008. Its square footage is a massive 1,291,669 square feet. Atkins, the British multi-national architectural and design firm, constructed the building integrating wind turbines created by the Norwin A/S, a Danish wind turbine developer. Construction launched in 2004, and the overall cost of the building cost a reported 150 million in US dollars.

Ancient Arabian wind catchers inspired the design. Atkins constructed the twin towers similar to sail on a boat to funnel in the wind blowing north from the Persian Gulf. The twin towers link together through three sky bridges supporting three large wind turbines. The wind turbines are roughly 95 feet in diameter and face north. The wind turbines on their own generate 225 kilowatts of power, totaling in 675 kilowatts together. The power the turbines generate provides roughly 15 percent of the building’s 1.1 gigawatt-hours power consumption.

Besides wind energy, Atkins constructed the building with other sustainable architecture designs. The glass covering the building is high-quality solar glass with low shading to reduce the building’s air temperature. The building is also connected to a district cooling system. The building takes seawater from the Persian Gulf, which pumps through a pipeline to chilling units. The units then pass the chilled water through air conditioning units, which cool the air. All these designs are cost-effective and reduce carbon commissions as opposed to traditional heating and cooling systems.

Other components of the Bahrain World Trade Center include the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel and the MODA Mall. Inside the World Trade includes the Regus Business Center, which allows other businesses to rent out sections of the property.

Overall, the building is a large example of the growing world trend in sustainable architecture. Not only does this building utilize the environment surrounding it, but the building also does not harm it. On top of that, the building is stunning to look at, combining both ancient Arabian architecture and modern sustainable designs.

If you are looking to be blown away by the capabilities of eco-friendly architecture, contact SH Architecture today. Our firms in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah, specialize in the sustainable and public works architecture and are ready to help you and build your dream project to last.

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