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MegaStar Mixed-Use Development, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Monday 29 Sep 2008

Dubai's sustainable star

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Perkins Eastman combines sustainability and innovation to design MegaStar 

The MegaStar mixed-use development is a state-of-the art, 100,000 sq m facility in the DuBiotech Research Park—a world-class, 2.8 million sq m global biotechnology and research park located in Dubai, UAE.

Realizing biotechnology is one of the greatest intellectual investments that exist in the world, international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman sought to create an environment where everyone in the biotech industry can coexist, collaborate and exchange ideas. As a large and dynamic business cluster and hospitality venue, the Megastar development contains a 280-room hotel, 550 serviced apartments, a ballroom and meeting facilities, and a retail shopping mall. Bringing together these elements creates a rich environment for networking and collaboration, providing space for a mix of key players of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, as well as drug manufacturers and industry specific experts.

The tower—the signature element of the project—creates a landmark entrance to the research park and the development itself. The building and its undulating overtones is a mixture or innovative technology and sustainable design that not only mandates recycling on the premises and is powered by alternative energy. Other sustainable elements include passive solar strategies throughout the exterior and interior of the building including planted terraces on the tower façade, a green roof, louvers, recessed balconies, and a double-skin to reduce heat gain. The double-skin also reduces light pollution and promotes natural air circulation throughout the building.

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