One of the biggest challenges facing teams developing the station designs, is how to deal with the desert climate of the UAE. Currently we see the majority of buildings dependent upon air conditioning and while we wholly anticipate this to be an element of the station design, we actively encourage the use of innovative design to reduce dependency on this.
Key elements to consider will be sun shielding, perhaps the use of a brise soleil shielding system, along side this the orientation of the station to protect, where possible, from the sun. In addition the use of materials plays a major factor. We see widespread use of steel and glass in the skyscrapers of current, but would a more thermally efficient material be of better use?