Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) Headquarters
As part of the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) masterplan, HDR was commissioned to design the DuBiotech headquarters building (Bio-HQ). The building, currently under construction, will house scientific and administrative support areas.
Bio-HQ is composed of two 22-story towers with a floating three-story "jewel" connecting component. The jewel provides a physical link between the towers and also provides opportunities for shared support and intellectual exchange. A plaza below is shaded by the mass of the jewel and features a three-story water wall that feeds the reflecting pool at the entrance to the complex. Located on the eastern end of the development, Bio-HQ is complemented on the western end by a lush nature reserve, home to gazelle and peacocks, creating an "oasis in the desert."
Different from most of the sleek glass towers rising in Dubai, the Bio-HQ towers are designed to reflect DuBiotech's scientific mission and to address the culture and extreme climate of Dubai. The severe thermal conditions influenced the building's orientation, form and skin. Solar gain and views along the north and south facades are optimized by separating the mass of the building into two towers stretched along the east-west axis. Placement of the windows on the north façade and louvers on the south façade were designed in response to the solar conditions as well as to mimic familiar images of DNA, specifically "Southern blot" sequencing. The recognizable pattern reflects the biotechnology research taking place on campus.
In addition to Bio-HQ, HDR also designed DuBiotech's Nucleotide Lab Complex.
The DuBiotech Bio HQ building was designed in partnership with Kling Consult.
- Sustainable Features: Energy Efficiency, Water Efficient Landscaping, Water Use Reduction
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 650,000 SF (60,390 m²)
- Professional Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Site Design, Sustainable Design Consulting
- Project Type: Corporate, Headquarters, Science + Technology
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