Update: SOM’s Muqarnas Tower

Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill’s 89,00- square metre Muqarnas tower in Saudi Arabia is progressing well, according to the architectural firm. The focal point of the construction lies in the facade design that was inspired by traditional “muqarnas”, a vaulting technique that facilitates multiple corner offices while providing the shading the Saudi Arabian heat calls for.

The firm has positioned the building to gain from optimum solar flare, allowing for only certain required rooms or sections to gather most light, while ensuring the elevators and other core elements are arranged along a shear wall on the south side to minimize southern solar exposure. Daylight dimming and occupancy sensors are utilized to reduce lighting loads. The project has been designed to meet LEED certification sustainability targets.