Dubai Jebel Ali

Jahn, Chicago/USA

Planning time:
2008 — 2009

Construction time:

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
structural engineering of facades and special structures

Limitless, Dubai/UAE

Werner Sobek has been given responsibility for the planning of two special structures: the solar-energy shield and a retractable roof. The solar-energy shield consists of a biaxially mounted roof (cable-braced girders) designed for the central plaza in downtown Jebel Ali, Zone 4. The shield has two functions: to provide passive shading for the forums located below as well as to actively make use of solar energy by means of a ‘tri-generation system’. Worthy of special mention are the large span (180 m) and heavy weight of the solar collectors (approx. 1,100 tons in total).