The 32-story-tall Mashreq Bank Headquarters, with its boldly cantilevered form, will be a new landmark in the Dubai skyline. In contrast to the futuristic glass and steel towers of Dubai, this is a simple form clad in stone panels. The L-shaped typical floor plate opens to the north with its orientation allowing offices on both sides of the courtyard to have clear glazing protected from solar gain by the building itself. These facades allow panoramic views toward Sheikh Zayed Road.
The glass facades of the building capture daylight and limit solar gain through a sophisticated series of horizontal and vertical shading devices that articulate the building’s primary facades. The design mitigates glare without obscuring views of the surrounding cityscape, including the Burj Khalifa to the east. The screen elements provide dynamic perspectives of the building when viewed from different angles. Its bold massing can appear transparent or massive depending upon the specific view.