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Sat 17 Feb 2007 12:00 AM

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Dutch architect takes HQ design job for RTA

Zwarts & Jansma beats off competition to meet challenge of changeable façades

Dutch firm, Zwarts & Jansma Architects, has beaten 18 international firms in a race to design the permanent headquarters of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai.

The 22-storey building, which will be constructed in Al Garhoud at the intersection of Marrakesh and Al Rabat Street, was approved by the RTA last week.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and executive director, RTA explained how the structural concept presented unique design challenges.

"The building will be characterised by changeable façades according to the angle of visibility. The image on the building will differ when viewed from the Creek and will look different when viewed from the airport.

"The facade of the building will have giant screens at a height of 20 storeys. The ideology of the structure has been adapted from the RTA logo."

He added that the building's façade design would reduce the amount of direct sunlight into the building and emphasised that it was designed to reduce the internal energy consumption used for cooling by 20%.

The headquarters will include 19 floors above ground level and three basement storeys - 23,000m
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- for services. An intelligent parking system will also be used in order to accommodate 850 vehicles under the building, with a further parking area for clients located adjacent to the development. There will be 20,200m
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of office space in addition to the main reception which will cover an area of 500m2, and customer service area of 7,000m
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. The central control room will be 2,000m
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.

Al Tayer added that the location of the building - adjacent to the Creek and major bridges - will also benefit traffic movement in the area.

"Giant screens will also be fixed on the building fronts to transfer messages to the drivers that can be seen from long distances and more clearly through the day."

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