Ehrlich Architects to Design UAE Parliament Building

31 January 2011 (Last Updated January 31st, 2011 18:30)

Ehrlich Architects has won the international architectural competition to design the Federal National Council's (FNC) New Parliament Building Complex in Abu Dhabi, UAE. About 14 firms representing nine countries were invited to submit entries for the new FNC Building in the first phas

Ehrlich Architects has won the international architectural competition to design the Federal National Council's (FNC) New Parliament Building Complex in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

About 14 firms representing nine countries were invited to submit entries for the new FNC Building in the first phase of the competition.

A shortlist of four finalists was selected for the second phase including Ehrlich Architects, Foster + Partners, Massimiliano Fuksas Architects and Zaha Hadid Architects.

The Ehrlich Architects design features a 100m-diameter dome structure inspired by a five-petal desert flower, creating a shaded micro-environment and casting Islamic patterns of dappled light onto the white marble Assembly Hall.

The complex will be surrounded by offices rising from a podium, which will be reminiscent of wind-sculpted sand dunes.

Sustainable elements of the building include perforated screens and a rooftop solar thermal system.

The building will be located on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi's large coastal boulevard, facing the Arabian Gulf, according to Architecture Lab.