woods bagot installs 1000sqm of photovoltaic panels onto IRENA HQ in masdar city
woods bagot installs 1000sqm of photovoltaic panels onto IRENA HQ in masdar city
aug 18, 2015

woods bagot installs 1000sqm of photovoltaic panels onto IRENA HQ in masdar city

woods bagot installs 1000sqm of photovoltaic panels onto IRENA HQ in masdar city
images courtesy of woods bagot
photography by lyndon douglas photography




global design and consulting firm woods bagot were charged with designing the IRENA HQ based in the sustainable new-build city of masdar in abu dhabi. the focus and priorities of the building was the use of passive design strategies, including enhanced thermal performance of the building envelope, an integrated shading strategy and maximum daylight and views.



the woods bagot team addressed the design and development of the headquarters with a holistic approach, ensuring where possible the integration of the building systems and the incorporation of green building best practices. the exterior façade is characterized by its gently curving form, incorporating either horizontal or vertical shading devices depending on the specific orientation of the elevation. the envelope materials include high-performance tinted glass and high-efficiency insulation, as well as aluminium panels with recycled content.

the entrance to IRENA’S new commercial headquarters building (international renewable energy agency)




the work spaces have been organized to ensure a comfortable and dynamic environment. perimeter offices with glazed fronts display a generous ceiling height of three meters, allowing daylight to penetrate into the center of the floor plates. meanwhile, the open plan office areas utilize low-height cubicles to maintain views to the external environment.

1,000m2 of rooftop photo-voltaic solar panels were installed to the roof, supplying electricity to the building




driven by a desire to conserve energy and water, balanced with a vision to promote biodiversity and minimise the use of high-embodied-energy materials, woods bagot used a wide range of skills from urban planning to workplace and education design, to produce an innovative and liveable environment for employees. an addition to the up-and-coming masdar city, which will include a number of major office complexes, a world-class education facility and homes for thousands of people all operating within the world’s most sustainable new-build city.



richard fenne, senior associate at woods bagot comments: ‘as design architect for the new irena hq building, woods bagot relished the opportunity to conceive a landmark project within masdar city that could become a model for sustainable, global commercial buildings’.


view of the central atrium which it lit by natural light

the building façade is gently curved, incorporating either horizontal or vertical shading devices



project info:


client representative: mubadala cms
developer: masdar (abu dhabi future energy company pjsc)
architect: woods bagot
structural engineers: burohappold engineering
services engineering & sustainability: burohappold engineering
quantity surveyor: vsh international
landscape: woods bagot
inclusive design: design confidence
fire engineers: design confidence
acoustic consultant: burohappold engineering
lighting consultant: burohappold engineering

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    503,288 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine