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Qasr Al Muwaiji Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Qasr Al Muwaiji Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Owner required the Contractor to implement to the fullest extent the project’s Estidama and LEED performance goals.

Client: Al Futtaim Carillion LLC, Abu Dhabi
Services: Façade Design Services
Developer: Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
Architect: Machado + Silvetti Associates Boston, Massachusetts

The Owner required the Contractor to implement to the fullest extent the project’s Estidama and LEED performance goals. For the facades, specific requirements include indoor air quality management, metal members containing a minimum of 35% recycled content, manufactured within and containing raw materials extracted within 800 kilometers from the project site. Adhesives & sealants, paint and coatings were to meet VOC specified limits and glazing to contain a minimum of 5% recycled content.


For 100 years, the royal fort amidst the ancient Al Muwaiji oasis in Al Ain was the home of many of Abu Dhabi’s rulers until 1970s. For years restoration work has been going on. On November 2015, the fort opened to the public as a historic building and museum.
Starting from the South-East tower, once used for defense purposes, a permanent exhibition space was created within glass walls to allow views of the massive inner courtyard. Using old photographs and information panels, the exhibition tells the historic time line of the fort, but it also has an area dedicated to Shaikh Khalifa, his childhood there, his ascent to leadership and his greatest achievements so far as the UAE President.


nCLO3URE’s Jules Jim Obcena was Chief Engineer of Permasteelisa -Gartner Middle East, Dubai Office, who spearheaded the structural, thermal engineering & performance compliance efforts for all the façade systems.

The major façade is a double-skin full height glass wall achieving a U-value of 1.5 W/m2K, 62% light transmission and 33% solar factor. The glass configuration consists of a DGU with solar control coating on extra-clear external lite, 300mm ventilated cavity with air flow 60m3/h from interior to HVAC, and internal low- iron FT glass.

Other major items include 4-ply laminated glass floor with laminated glass beam supports, skylight over well with stainless steel tension truss support system, skylight at mud-wall with cantilevered T-beam support, acoustic glass ceiling, corner façade with glass roof structurally bonded to the supporting glass walls.